We believe that what we do within each ministry should flow purposefully out of what we value and love. We work together to feed the hungry.

The Connection Cafe

Temporary located at St. John's Lutheran Church, 600 6th Ave., Connection Cafe is a meal program that offers lunch at no cost to homeless and low income individuals and families. The Connection Cafe is supported by a consortium of downtown churches called The Bridge. The Cafe seeks to make personal connections with all of our guests and seeks to treat each person with dignity and respect.

You can provide, prepare and/or serve meals. You can help on a one-time basis or on the regular schedule. You can come and serve on your lunch break or help out in some other way. To get involved in Des Moines' ecumenical eatery, contact , Cafe Coordinator.

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Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) Food Pantry

We collect food and provide financial support for the Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) Food Pantry Sites. Drop off your non-perishable contribution on Sunday or during business hours.  Move the Food is a DMARC-led initiative to address the entire food system in Greater Des Moines, building on nearly 40 years of food assistance work, catalyzing fresh generations, and engaging new constituencies to further support a vision for a day when everyone in Polk County has enough to eat. You can also help by delivering the food and products to the DMARC warehouse. Contact Deacon John Doherty for details. 

Food Pantry Needs

Please don’t forget the DMARC Food Pantry. Monetary contributions are welcome, checks payable to St, Paul's Episcopal, with DMARC Food Pantry on memo line. Donations of food can be brought on Sundays. Here is a list of the most needed items. 

Healthy versions of the following items:

  • 100 percent juice
  • Canned fruit
  • Canned vegetables
  • Beans
  • Peanut butter
  • Canned meat
  • Pasta
  • Crackers
  • Canned Spaghetti sauce
  • Hot Cereal
  • Cold Cereal

Other Needed Items:

  • Diapers and wipes
  • Infant/baby formula

Cash donations are also accepted for wholesale food purchases and fresh products.  When doing your own grocery shopping, please be mindful of others in need. For a full listing of needs and ways to help, please visit www.MovetheFood.org. Thank you!

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