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We're excited to give back to the community through the Christmas display. 100% of all donations are given to West Des Moines Human Services. 

The Food Pantry located at WDM Human Services is sponsored by the Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) and is stocked by DMARC, the Food Bank of Iowa, and community donations. They are one of 14 area DMARC pantry sites serving our community. The pantries assist households in need with no-cost food and personal care items.


If you've stopped by and don't have food or personal care items to donate, please consider donating cash or through Venmo / PayPal. 

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Accepted & Suggested Food Pantry Items:

  • Canned chicken & tuna

  • Dry and canned soup

  • Canned vegetables and fruit

  • Beans

  • White or brown rice

  • Cereal

  • Nuts and seeds

  • Dry pasta and sauce

  • Infant formula

  • Shelf-stable milk

  • Baking supplies

  • Spices

  • Peanut butter


  • Canned items should be pop top (or consider donating can openers)

  • Rice-a-Roni is popular, but oil is needed and not often available

  • Salt, pepper, and spices are rare finds but appreciated

  • Tea bags and coffee can make someone's day

  • Every child deserves a cookie once in awhile

  • Tuna and crackers make an easy, nutritious lunch

  • Cake mixes and frosting make a child’s birthday possible

  • Dishwashing detergent is expensive and always appreciated

Mix It Up:

  • Challenge yourself to set a price point and see how much food/products can be purchased with the amount (you may be surprised how quickly you can fill a shopping cart)

  • Skip a meal out and donate instead (for every dollar donated, food pantries can purchase up to $5 worth of food)

  • Teach your children the value of giving back by including them in the process (have them help select foods they think children in need would appreciate, like after school snacks)

Accepted Personal Care Pantry Items:

Personal Care Items (regular and trial sizes)

  • Shampoo and conditioner

  • Toothpaste, floss and toothbrushes

  • Soap and body wash

  • Deodorant

  • Laundry detergent

  • Feminine hygiene products

  • Toilet paper and tissues


Baby/Toddler Items:

  • Diapers, pull-ups and diaper wipes

  • Baby formula and food

  • Baby/toddler clothing and shoes

  • Toys in good, clean condition

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