DES MOINES AREA RELIGIOUS COUNCIL

United to Meet the Need

aka DMARC   |   Des Moines, IA   |  www.dmarcunited.org

Mission

DMARC is an interfaith organization that exists to work together to meet basic human needs for the greater Des Moines community.

Ruling year info

1989

CEO

Matt Unger

Main address

1435 Mulberry

Des Moines, IA 50309 USA

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EIN

42-0788211

NTEE code info

Food Banks, Food Pantries (K31)

Interfaith Issues (X90)

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

DMARC works together with many partners to meet basic human needs for the greater Des Moines community. The primary need DMARC works to address is food insecurity through the DMARC Food Pantry Network. The DMARC Food Pantry Network consists of 14 partner pantries, 15 Mobile Food Pantry sites, and two food warehouses. People living with food insecurity may visit a DMARC partner pantry once per calendar month to obtain a three-day supply of healthy food. AnyTime Items are also available any day the pantry is open, because no one should ever go hungry. All of DMARC's partner pantries follow a choice model, and DMARC is currently working on our "Food Pantry 2.0" pilot project to re-imagine what a food pantry can look like while incentivizing healthy choices. DMARC also engages in advocacy efforts to raise the issue of food insecurity and propose policy solutions that would positively impact the lives of the people we assist every day.

Our programs

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DMARC Food Pantry Network

Established in 1976, the Food Pantry Network provides people in low-income households with emergency food assistance. The program ensures access to affordable, nutritious food, while relieving food insecurity and hunger for the most vulnerable segments of our community, including children, single-parent families, seniors, and persons with disabilities. The program helps meet the short-term need for food when families are not eligible for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, or when available resources are inadequate to meet their food needs. Families can receive a free, three-day supply of nutritionally balanced food once every calendar month. With 14 partner pantries, two mobile food pantries visiting over 31 different sites, and one Refuel Station which focuses its efforts to assist children and families at area Boys and Girls locations. Today, the DMARC Food Pantry Network is one of the largest food pantry networks in the state of Iowa and in fiscal year 2020, assisted over 57,000 unique individuals.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Awards

The Aurora Award 2010

The Des Moines Register

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We envision a community where everyone is food secure. Since 1976, the DMARC Food Pantry Network has sought to provide immediate relief to people living with food insecurity. However, we know that it is not enough to simply fill stomachs. We want to nourish bodies and minds as well. That's why DMARC has a commitment to providing healthy food, and puts an emphasis on distributing fresh produce. We also engage in advocacy and educational efforts to raise awareness of the issue of food insecurity with the general public, congregations, and community leaders.

1. Return to a four-day food supply or develop and alternative distribution model.
2. Add pantry data partners to expand our data network and more fully capture the reality of food insecurity.
3. Increase funding for DMARC's "Fresh Fund" to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables.
4. Advocate on the issue of food insecurity with the public and elected officials.

DMARC continues to build upon its 40 years of food assistance work here in Central Iowa. We are a long-standing advocate for the food insecure and have built up solid relationships with community partners. We have a base of nearly 130 member congregations that are faithful supporters and we look to enhance those relationships in the years to come. Our staff is committed to our mission and is excited about the opportunity to truly put an end to the food insecurity issue here in our very own backyard.

We launched our first of its kind Mobile Food Pantry in July 2016, designed to reach food deserts in Polk County, Iowa. We're constantly looking for collaborations focused on creative solutions e.g. introducing healthy choice at a young age in our schools. We are an active party of the Hunger Free Polk County initiative as well as the United Way OpportUNITY program, both designed to address basic needs in our community.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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DES MOINES AREA RELIGIOUS COUNCIL

Board of directors
as of 2/25/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

John Whalin

Ameriprise Insurance

Term: 2018 - 2019

Thomas Cross

BHE Renewables LLC

Tom Chapman

Iowa Catholic Conference

Christ Naumann

John Deere

Matt Strawn

The Strawn Co.

Emily Webb

BusinesSolver

Luai Amro

Wells Fargo

Denise Bubeck

The Family Leader

Lisa Logan

NCMIC

Randy Jensen

Retired

Rachel Collier Murdock

DMACC

Ihsan Yaseen

AlRazi Academy

Rev Rachel Thorson Mithelman

St. Johns Lutheran Church

Stuart Oxer

Red Boot Distillery