Mobile Food Pantry Site Launches at Oakridge Neighborhood Media Release

Oakridge Neighborhood


Luke Elzinga, Communications and Advocacy Manager, 515-277-6969 x10

Mobile Food Pantry site launches at Oakridge Neighborhood

DES MOINES, Iowa (August 16, 2018)— Beginning next Monday, August 20, the DMARC Mobile Food Pantry will be on-site in the Oakridge Neighborhood near the basketball courts from 12:00-2: 00 pm every third and fourth Monday of the month. Oakridge Neighborhood is located just north of United Point/Methodist Hospital on the northeast corner of Center and Crocker Streets.

“Hunger happens 365 days of the year, and it happens for thousands of individuals right here in Polk County,” said Oakridge Neighborhood CEO Teree Caldwell-Johnson. “This Oakridge and DMARC partnership will bring the Mobile Food Pantry to the nearly 1,200 residents of our neighborhood.”

The addition of the site at Oakridge brings the total number of sites the DMARC Mobile Food Pantry visits to 15. Since its launch in July 2016, the DMARC Mobile Food Pantry has assisted thousands of people in Greater Des Moines living with food insecurity.

“We are definitely bringing the pantry to the people,” said DMARC Mobile Food Pantry Manager Joe Dolack, “we are fortunate to have the opportunity to partner with Oakridge.” 

The DMARC Mobile Food Pantry was made possible by the Polk County Board of Supervisors and the Partnership for a Hunger-Free Polk County. Special thanks to Stivers Ford Lincoln, Schneider Graphics, Snappy’s Trailer Store, H&H Trailers, and two individual bequests.



The Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) is an interfaith organization with a core membership of nearly 130 congregations from four faith traditions working together to meet basic human needs for the greater Des Moines community.

The DMARC Food Pantry Network consists of 14 partner pantry sites, 15 Mobile Food Pantry locations, two food warehouses, and numerous community partners. The DMARC Food Pantry Network is committed to providing healthy food options and fresh produce to the people we assist. Once per calendar month, people can select a three-day supply of food from any one of our partner food pantries, and AnyTime Items are available whenever our partner pantries are open. Last year, DMARC assisted more than 50,000 unique individuals living with food insecurity in Greater Des Moines.

DMARC could never do the work of feeding so many people without the partnership of many, diverse faith communities. Nearly 200 faith communities from across the religious spectrum support DMARC with cash support, donations of food, and service. Because we can do so much more together than we can on our own, DMARC has a commitment to helping our faith communities learn about one another and build relationships.

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