New Report Shows Impact of Local Foods in Greater Des Moines

Local foods are making an economic impact in Iowa. In fact, sales of food produced in Polk and Dallas counties added nearly $340,070 to the local economy in 2012. In addition, $66,000 of local foods was purchased by grocery stores, restaurants and institutions in the region. Eat Greater Des Moines helped collect the data in cooperation with the statewide Regional Food Systems Working Group (RFSWG), which supports local food efforts in 90 of Iowa’s 99 counties. The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture coordinated the evaluation for one of the first statewide ...

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Eat Greater Des Moines offers Speed Dating, Local Food Style!

Eat Greater Des Moines and the Iowa Food Cooperative are delighted to announce a unique opportunity for local food producers and area chefs to attend Speed Dating – Local Food Style. Similar to traditional speed dating with a one-on-one atmosphere, the event will be held from 1:00 – 3:30 p.m., Monday, November 11, 2013, at 1736 Guthrie Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa. Local producers interested in selling food products to local restaurants and chefs from local restaurants are encouraged to attend. The speed-dating sessions will give chefs and producers an opportunity to ...

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DMARC is on the Move to Mulberry Street!

After many years at the 36th Street location, the Des Moines Area Religious Council is announcing the move of the DMARC offices and warehouse to a new location – 1435 Mulberry Street, southwest of downtown Des Moines. The former Central Iowa Shelter and Services site has been purchased and Munro Construction is in the process of renovating the interior space and site. “This relocation project is exciting for multiple reasons,” explained Leanne Valentine, President of DMARC’s board of directors. “By moving our offices and warehouse into this facility, we will ...

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DMARC Wins Award for Contributions to Public Health

Pictured at left is DMARC Board Member Caitlin Oponski as she accepts the 2013 Washington Freeman Peck Award from IMS Past President Robert Lee, MD, at the Iowa Medical Society's Annual Meeting in Iowa City on April 22, 2013. Reprinted from the April 22, 2013 news release from the Iowa Medical Society. The Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) is the recipient of the Iowa Medical Society's 2013 Washington Freeman Peck Award, which is given annually to an organization that makes significant contributions to public health. The Iowa Medical Society selected ...

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Support DMARC through Birdies for Charity

Birdies for Charity is a fundraising program designed to give participants an opportunity to generate contributions based on the number of "birdies" made by Champions Tour players during The Principal Charity Classic®. With 790 birdies made in last year's tournament, Birdies for Charity raised nearly $296,000 for 92 local organizations serving youth populations. Central Iowans have a great opportunity to support the Des Moines Area Religious Council and other programs benefiting young people by raising and contributing additional funds through Birdies for Charity. ...

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It is Holiday Time! Give a gift that lasts.

Ways to Give Are you struggling to find the perfect gift for the holidays or another special occasion of your friend or family member? DMARC has solved your gift-giving dilemma for that special someone: Purchase a Center for Social Ministry Calendar - this calendar contains all DMARC/MovetheFood events and giving schedules for congregations. It makes a great gift for your faith leader or congregational staff. January Thaw 2013 is approaching, give a gift registration to a course of choice for only $25. Two courses for $50. This is a tradition in adult education of ...

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These Cookies Are on a Mission!

These cookies are on a mission, so mark your calendars for September 11-24, 2012, when Hy-Vee gives their chocolate chips an assignment they will never forget. The 10th annual Hy-Vee Colossal Cookie Sale starts Tuesday, September 11 and runs through Monday, September 24. For each cookie sold, Hy-Vee will donate one penny to the DMARC Food Pantry Network. Since the Cookie Sale began in 2003, Hy-Vee stores have over 7 million cookies and have donated more than $74,000 in food products to DMARC’s network of neighborhood pantries in greater Des Moines. Last year, ...

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Basic Needs Network Assessment Report

In 2011, United Way of Central Iowa commissioned DMARC to conduct an independent assessment of the scope of programs available to respond to basic needs of low-income families and individuals in Central Iowa. Click here to read the Basic Needs Network Assessment Report Brief. What programs and services are available to help people in Polk, Dallas, and Warren counties who need assistance with housing, food, medical care, and other basic needs? Who is being helped through this safety net? What is the community and economic impact of these programs? What are ...

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Buy Fresh Buy Local’s Go the Distance: Plant a Mile Accelerated by Drought

Volunteers have helped plant and weed a mile of produce crops at the Rinehart Family Farm near Boone. This summer’s hot and dry conditions have brought the harvest on much faster than planned. Harvest and distribution is beginning this week instead of the original plan to harvest at the end of August. Greg and Polly Rinehart are delivering 200 to 250 dozen ears of sweet corn (2,400 to 3,000 ears) to the Downtown Farmers Market on Saturday morning, July 14. Volunteers will load the sweet corn into the DMARC Food Pantry Network and MovetheFood truck at 9 a.m. Additional ...

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DMARC Receives $10,000 Grant from the Principal Group Foundation

The Des Moines Area Religious Council has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Principal Financial Group Foundation for its supportive services programs. “Giving back is engrained in the culture at The Principal. It’s important to support the communities our employees call home,” said Mary O’Keefe, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, the Principal Financial Group®. “Enriching the Central Iowa community helps retain and attract top talent, creates an excellent business environment and makes for a great place to live – and work.” DMARC ...

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