The DMARC SNAP Outreach Project
SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) is a food assistance program that provides this electronic benefits transfer (EBT) card to ensure that more families have access to healthy food. Check to see if you quality! Refer other families too! SNAP food assistance helps families access nutritious food and frees up money for other household expenses.
DMARC has inititated a program to open a computer station in ten area emergency food access points so that consumers can find out if they qualify for the SNAP assistance.
Outreach assistants are available (see photos) to help with the application process at these pantry sites and times:
-DMARC Douglas Office, 3605 Douglas Avenue, Des Moines, Monday and Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., 515-277-6969
-Urbandale Food Pantry, Thursdays, Noon – 2 p.m.
7611 Douglas Avenue, #34/35, Des Moines, 515-251-6688.
-DMACC Urban Campus, Tuesdays walk-in 8 a.m.-5 p.m., M-W-Th-F by appointment, 1100 7th Street, Des Moines, contact: Jeanette Rhone, email@example.com, 515-248-7520.
-Bidwell Riverside Center, Call for availability, 1203 Hartford, Des Moines, 515-244-6251, ext. 213.
-Salvation Army Temple, Mondays, 10 a.m. – Noon, 1216 E. 25th St. Court, Des Moines, 515-266-3156.
- Central Iowa Shelter and Services, Call for availability, 205 15th Street, 515-284-5719.
- ISED (United Way Building), 1111 9th Street, Suite 380, Des Moines, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m daily, 1111 9th St, Suite 380, Des Moines, (515) 283-0940, ext. 33.
More application sites to open soon. Check back often!
Please note that DMARC SNAP stations are available for use by anyone wanting to apply for SNAP benefits. Geographic boundaries typically associated with client use of DMARC food pantries do not apply in this instance. SNAP eligibility requirements have recently expanded, click here for more information.
The first outreach station opened in January 2011 at Catholic Charities, St. Mary Family Center with Chris Torres (photo) serving as outreach assistant. This site also serves as one of the 12 DMARC Emergency Food Pantry distribution centers.
Available during regular pantry hours for those who wish to self-apply, each SNAP station will include a computer, printer, and access to the Online Application for the State of Iowa services and public benefits. DMARC SNAP Outreach partners include Iowa Department of Human Services, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and United Way of Central Iowa.
- For a full media release about the DMARC SNAP Project, click here. To find out if you qualify for SNAP benefits, click here.
- Check out this clip from ABC Channel 5 News, with thanks to DMARC SNAP Outreach Assistant, Terry Walker:
For more information, contact Susan Klein, DMARC Project Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 515-277-6969.
View this six minute video about SNAP and how it can also benefit senior citizens with special dietary needs. Video is courtesy of Iowa State University.