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Des Moines Area Religious Council

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Volunteering at a DMARC Mobile Food Pantry is just like helping a friend shop for groceries! As a Mobile Food Pantry volunteer, you will meet at the mobile site and assist clients in selecting their food items after they have gone through the intake.


Responsibilities (**Please note that these standard activities will be modified during our alternative food distribution model to ensure the safety of clients, volunteers, and staff**):

  • Helping people choose food items
  • Bagging items
  • Carrying items to people's cars or other modes of transportation
  • Assisting the DMARC Mobile Food Pantry driver with miscellaneous tasks as needed


You will be provided with instructions and ongoing guidance from a DMARC Mobile Food Pantry staff person for the duration of your shift.


  • Able to stand, move, and lift (weight limits based on individual ability)
  • Able to pull a wagon

Dress Code:

Please dress appropriately for variable outdoor temperatures.

Age Requirement:

All volunteers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult (18 and over) at all times during the volunteer shift.

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About Des Moines Area Religious Council


1435 Mulberry St, Des Moines, IA 50309, US

Mission Statement

The Des Moines Area Religious Council [DMARC] provides a means for responding to basic human needs; offers a context for interfaith dialogue and outreach [as well as education, fellowship and support]; and serves as a liaison and link between DMARC member congregations and our larger community.


The Des Moines Area Religious Council [DMARC] is comprised of nearly 150 local area congregations, comprised of Christian, Jewish and Muslim faith traditions. We are united in our commitment to the Golden Rule, as reflected in our efforts to serve the needy through a variety of direct service iniatives. We operate a Food Pantry Network which distributes basic food items at partner sites throughout the community. We provide subsidized childcare for working families through our Childcare Assistance initiative. We provide emergency financial assistance intended to keep people in a safe home environment through our Compassion In Action iniative.

In addition, we serve the general public by providing a bridge for interfaith and outreach efforts within the larger community. DMARC cross cultural/interfaith gatherings [such as the David Bear Lecture Series] provide opportunities for increased understanding of diverse faith traditions. Our annual January Thaw education sessions [held in collaboration with the Center of Social Ministry, the Jewish Federation of Greater Des Moines and the Masjid An-Noor Muslim Community] provide unique and informative learning opportunities for local residents. Our Beyond Beliefs Tours iniative enhances personal understanding of religious symbols and traditions of the diverse faiths located within our community. And, our LADOS support group helps those who have experienced the death of a spouse cope with their loss.

Children & Youth


We'll work with your schedule.


Multiple locations Des Moines, IA 50309




  • Teens
  • People 55+


  • Must be at least 16
  • 2 hours a week or month

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