In July and August, First Unitarian Church is partnering with the DMARC Food Pantry Network. The DMARC Food Pantry Network was founded in 1976 and today consists of 13 separate partner food pantries and a Mobile Food Pantry that serves Greater Des Moines. The DMARC Food Pantry Network is health-based and is the largest food pantry network in Iowa. Once per calendar month, pantry visitors may receive a nutritionally-balanced three-day supply of food, as well as being able to receive additional “Anytime Items” whenever the pantry is open.

In the month of May, the DMARC Food Pantry Network served 15,747 individuals from 6,639 families. The Food Pantry Network continues to see increased use at our pantries this year.

Get Involved!

Volunteers are needed to help DMARC Food Pantry with these needs:

Family Friendly!  Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) Meals From the Market collects farmer’s market donations to feed the hungry. Six volunteers are needed every other Saturday from 11AM-1PM. Click here to sign up.

Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) needs volunteers to Stamp Out Hunger. Help sort food donations at the warehouse. Comfortable shoes/clothing are recommended. This may require standing or bending over. Click here to sign up.

* First Unitarian Outreach Partners receive 50% of the collections in the service offertory basket for 2 months. A minimum of two opportunities to be involved in the organization’s work are offered during the same 2 month time period. To learn more about the Outreach Partner program, including how to apply, go to