Homelessness & Hunger
Family Promise of Greater Des Moines (FPGD) assists families experiencing homelessness through a network of 14 area faith-based host congregations that provide clean, safe overnight shelter and nutritious meals for a period of one week every 3 months. The host congregations provide each family with a private room for sleeping as well as dinner and food for breakfast and for packing a lunch. Each time First Unitarian hosts, over 80 volunteers are needed to assist with meals, kitchen clean up, driving, and serving as evening and overnight hosts. Contact Sue Huber to learn more, or Click here to sign up for our next Family Promise host week.
FEDS (Feed Every Deserving Soul)
The Social Justice task force concerned with hunger and hunger issues (commonly identified as the FEDS: feed every deserving soul/stomach) attempts to identify, pursue and facilitate projects for church members interested in helping to alleviate hunger in central Iowa. Activities since the FEDS inception in 2008 have included preparing and serving dinner monthly at the Central Iowa Homeless Shelter, quarterly at Children and Family Urban Movement (CFUM), collecting for the DMARC Food Pantry, and helping survey food sites in the area. Contact: Bruce Martin.
First Unitarian is a dues paying member institution of Des Moines Area Religious Council. Click here to learn more.