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HyVee & Skippy Peanut Butter Sale Benefits DMARC Food Pantry Network February 25-March 5

Posted February 25, 2014 in Web Exclusives

DES MOINES, Iowa (February 25, 2014)—March 1st is National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day, and local Hy-Vee Food Stores <>  and Skippy are teaming up for a food drive to benefit Des Moines Area Religious Council’s Food Pantry Network <> . The Hy-Vee Skippy peanut butter promotion starts Tuesday, February 25 and runs through Monday, March 3. For every 3 pounds of Skippy sold at Des Moines area Hy-Vee food stores, Hy-Vee will donate 1 pound to DMARC.

Last year, 500 jars were donated and delivered to DMARC food pantry warehouse by Des Moines area donors and the Red Barrel collection program of food items in local food stores. WHO-1040AM Radio’s The Van & Bonnie Morning Show will also help with promotion of the event for collecting peanut butter. All donated food is distributed among the 13 partner food pantry sites in greater Des Moines.

Hy-Vee Store Director Wes Snook says that after speaking with a representative from Hormel, owner of the Skippy brand peanut butter, they decided the promotion would be a great way to honor the National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day and help DMARC at the same time.

“I couldn’t be happier with the idea,” said John Robinson, Red Barrel/Food Drive coordinator with DMARC. “We did a similar drive for peanut butter last year, but Hormel’s participation this year will help boost the amount we are able to collect and distribute to those in need.”

Businesses, congregations, and other groups may download a flyer <>  to post from the DMARC website. For more information, call your local Hy-Vee, or contact the Des Moines Area Religious Council at 515-277-6969, or visit <> .

MovetheFood <> is a DMARC-led initiative to address the entire food system in Greater Des Moines, building on more than 37 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 <> , a cornerstone of the MovetheFood initiative, consists of 13 separate pantry sites, a centralized warehouse, and numerous community partners. It is the largest food pantry system in Iowa. Pantry sites are located in West Des Moines, Ankeny, Johnston, and Urbandale, with nine sites in Des Moines. The DMARC Food Pantry network helps meet short-term food needs when families do not have enough to eat. Once each month, families can receive a free, four-day supply of nutritionally balanced food. In 2013, DMARC assisted more than 34,000 individuals in the greater Des Moines community; half of whom were children and youth.

DMARC is the acronym for the Des Moines Area Religious Council <> , an interfaith organization with a core membership of over 133 congregations from four faith traditions. Recipient of the 2012 Live United Advocate Award from the United Way of Central Iowa, DMARC provides a common means of responding to basic human needs and a context for interfaith dialogue.

Participating Hy-Vee Stores:
108 8th St SW
410 N Ankeny Blvd
2510 SW State St
Des Moines
3330 MLK Pkwy
Des Moines
2540 E Euclid Ave
Des Moines
3221 SE 14th St
Des Moines
4605 Fleur
Des Moines
1107 SE Army Post Rd
Des Moines
Hy-Vee Drugstore
4100 University Ave
910 N Jefferson Way
5750 Merle Hay Rd
Pleasant Hill
4815 Maple Dr
8601 Douglas Ave
1005 E Hickman Rd
West Des Moines
1700 Valley West Dr
West Des Moines
1990 Grand Ave
West Des Moines
1725 Jordan Creek Pkwy
West Des Moines
I-35 & Mills Civic Pkwy
West Des Moines
Hy-Vee Drugstore
1010 60th St
Windsor Heights
7101 University Ave

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