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Bidwell envisions a future where no one lives in poverty and every person has the opportunity for a positive future.
Bidwell Riverside is the largest food pantry in Des Moines, and we support to a unique cultural and economically diverse population. Bidwell provides hope to families and helps them bridge the gap, so that they can spend their hard earned money on other necessities besides food, clothing, and child care.
Last year in 2014, Bidwell helped more than 14,000 individuals. We provided a quality education in our child development center for 48 children. More than 540,000 food items were distributed to families in need, and we have a community garden. More than 6000 clothing items are dispersed to families each month. Family services includes assistance with short-term emergencies and guidance to self-sufficiency. We have been helping families in poverty since 1893.