Effective Thursday, March 19, 2020 the DMARC pantry will hand out grab and go bags to those in need. To limit the spread of the coronavirus, DMARC will not have clients enter the pantry, and will instead hand out bags outside of the pantry truck. This change will remain in effect until further notice.
Since Thursday, June 7, 2018, the Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) Mobile Food Pantry is on-site at DART Central Station every week. Each Thursday, the pantry is open to DART riders and the general public in the drive behind platforms M and N at DART Central Station. It is open from 4-6 p.m.
Beginning in June 2019, the Animal Rescue League (ARL) mobile pet food pantry will join the DMARC pantry at DART Central Station once per month. The ARL pantry will be at DART on the first, non-holiday Thursday of each month. The remaining 2020 dates for the ARL pantry to be at DART are as follows:
- April 2
- May 7
- June 4
- July 2
- August 6
- September 3
- October 1
- November 5
- December 3
DART is proud to partner with DMARC since March 2018 to bring their mobile pantries to downtown Des Moines. DMARC identifies areas of the community to locate this pantry to help bridge gaps in accessibility to food or other goods and necessities. It chose DART to help serve people who live and work downtown, or those who live in other underserved regions who are able to access DART Central Station using public transportation.
How it works
There are no income restrictions or requirements to receive food from the mobile food pantry. When you arrive, you will go through a short intake process before receiving your food.
- Please bring a photo ID for all adult members of your household, and some other form of ID for all children in your household.
What you can receive
Once per calendar month, you may receive a 3-day supply of food, which is measured by the size of your family. There are also daily food items available to anyone, any time the pantry is open.
DMARC sets up the pantry at 12 different sites each month. View a full calendar of events for the shuttle, and learn more about the pantry and the services DMARC provides by visiting www.dmarcunited.org/food/mobile/.