To find out what the most needed items are, click HERE. Another way to show your support for the MovetheFood campaign is hold a food drive. Here’s how:
How to Hold a Food Drive – DMARC
Help the DMARC Food Pantry Network feed the hungry in the Des Moines metro area by holding a food drive in your congregation, your workplace, your club, or your home.
- Call the DMARC Food Pantry Network at 515-277-6969, to indicate you are planning a food drive. Ask for Rebecca Whitlow, food pantry network director.
- Establish a committee to organize and market the event. Set your kick-off and ending dates. A one to two week food drive works best.
- Hold contests between offices or work units to see who can collect the most food. Takes lots of pictures!
- Establish drop off site(s) for donated food. We can make arrangements to provide you with a Red Barrel to hold the food that is collected and envelopes for those who wish to give cash donations.
- Be sure to publicize the success of your food drive when it is completed.
Collect non-perishable food items in unbreakable containers. Please, no glass! We gladly accept fresh produce, however, it must be delivered to our warehouse immediately so we can distribute while fresh.
What about donating cash?
The Food Pantry Network can buy food at a much lower cost than individuals because we utilize the Food Bank of Iowa and local wholesalers. We can purchase six times more food with the same amount of money spent on in-kind food donations. Seventy percent of food distributed is purchased using funds from cash donations.
Click here to link to DMARC’s donation page and make a secure, online cash gift for one of our many programs.
Completing your food drive.
When your food drive is complete, count the number of food items you collected and package it in cardboard boxes. It is helpful if dry goods (cereals, rice, etc.) are packaged in separate boxes.
Deliver your food to the Food Pantry Network warehouse or contact DMARC at 515-277-6969 for pick up assistance.
Your donation helps DMARC service 13 neighborhood food pantries in Greater Des Moines, ensuring that emergency food gets to the families who need it.