DES MOINES, Iowa (October 23, 2012)— Volunteers from across the metro will be accepting food and cash contributions at area grocery stores for the next three weekends for the Des Moines Area Religious Council’s Food Pantry Network. Participating stores include Dahl’s Foods, Hy-Vee Food Stores and Fareway Stores in the Des Moines metro area, Johnston and Ankeny.
“This is the 18th Annual Make a Difference Day in which we have been involved,” said Becky Whitlow, food pantry warehouse director, “and this year our need is very critical.” The DMARC Food Pantry Network distributes a 3-day food supply of food to families at 13 partner food pantry sites located throughout Des Moines, West Des Moines, Urbandale, Johnston and Ankeny.
“In 2011, over 33,000 individuals received food through the DMARC Food Pantry Network,” continued Whitlow, “and we expect to assist an equal or higher number of people in 2012.”
Shoppers will be encouraged to purchase $6.00 or $12.00 Hunger Sacks or make cash contributions on the next two Saturdays, October 27th and November 3rd for “Make a Difference” activities. Shoppers may also purchase from a list of needed, non-perishable items and place them in the familiar Red Barrels located near store entrances.
Contributions are also welcome at the Food Pantry’s Warehouse located behind the offices of the Des Moines Area Religious Council, located at 3816 36th Street in Des Moines. The Food Pantry warehouse is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
For more information, check out our website, www.MovetheFood.org.
MovetheFood is a DMARC-led initiative to address the entire food system in Greater Des Moines, building on more than 35 years of food assistance work, catalyzing fresh generations, and engaging new constituencies to further support a vision for a day when everyone in Polk County has enough to eat.
The DMARC Food Pantry Network consists of 13 separate pantry sites, a centralized warehouse, and numerous community partners. It is the largest food pantry network in Iowa. Pantry sites are located in West Des Moines, Ankeny, Johnston, Urbandale, and nine sites in Des Moines. In 2011, the DMARC Food Pantry Network assisted over 33,000 people.
DMARC is the acronym for the Des Moines Area Religious Council, an interfaith organization with a core membership of about 140 congregations from four faith traditions. Recipient of the 2010 Aurora Award from the Des Moines Register, DMARC provides a common means of responding to basic human needs and a context for interfaith dialogue.