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Food Book of Iowa has been partnered with Des Moines Public Schools (DMPS) since 2015. Over the years, Food Bank of Iowa built capacity in 19 schools by providing staff training, shelving, and refrigeration and freezers.

Since 2015, we have stocked DMPS pantry shelves providing 695,579 meals to students and families with food equivalent to $1,500,000.

During this very challenging time, we are committed more than ever to meeting the needs of DMPS district families. However, since this is not a typical school year and many factors are uncertain, we have made adjustments to make certain all families who need help are fully served.

Instead of stocking pantries located inside schools, which could be challenging to reach during a COVID surge, Food Bank of Iowa established parking lot drive-thru pantries in neighborhoods across Des Moines. Please see the location and times noted below for your family’s distribution.

There is no cost. You will not be asked to provide identification. You may come as often as necessary. You will not enter the building. Food will be delivered to you in your vehicle. Please call us at 515-564-0330 if you have any questions.

DMPS School Pantries Flyer

Northwest DSM:

Westchester Church
4919 Aurora Ave, DSM, 50310
Sign up required, please call 515-278-1615 to make an appointment
Distribution: May 28th – 2:30-4:00pm
Serving families with students at Hoover High School, Samuelson Elementary, Meredith Middle School, Hillis Elementary, and Moore Elementary

Drive-thru distribution on Friday, 4/23 from 2-3:30 p.m. and Friday, 4/30 from 2-3:30 p.m.

Friendship Center
1526 Martin Luther King Jr Pkwy, DSM, 50314
Distribution: Fridays- 12:00-2:00pm
Serving families with students at King Elementary, Callanan Middle School and Middle School Alternative School


North DSM:

Highland Park Community Church
4101 Amherst St, Des Moines, IA 50313
Distribution: Wednesdays- 3:00-6:00pm
Serving families with students at Oak Park Elementary, Madison Elementary and North High School

Mission Temple Church
1535 5th Ave, DSM, 50314
Distribution: Fridays- 3:00-5:00pm
Serving families with students from Moulton Elementary, Carver Elementary, and Hiatt Middle School

New Beginnings Discipleship Ministries (N.B.D.M)  
530 NE 46th Avenue, DSM, 50313
Distribution: Thursdays 2:00-6:00pm
Serving families with students from Harding Middle School and Findley Elementary

La Iglesia de el Señor
100 E Euclid Ave, #17, DSM, 50317 (behind mall)
Distribution: Tuesdays 5:00-7:00pm
Serving families with students from Cattell Elementary, Goodrell Middle School, and Garton Elementary

New Dawn Ministries (Ministerio Nuevo Amanecer)
3200 Lincoln Ave, DSM, 50310
Distribution: Thursdays 5:45-6:45pm
Serving families with students from Monroe and Latino DMPS families


Eastside of DSM:

Eastside Church of the Nazarene
1451 E 25th St, DSM, 50317
Distribution: Thursdays 4:30-6:30pm
Serving families with students from Philips Elementary, Willard Elementary, Hoyt Middle School, Brubaker Elementary, Stowe Elementary, Pleasant Hill Elementary, East High School, and Capitol View Elementary


Westside of DSM:

Lutheran Church of Hope (DSM)
2500 University Ave, 50311
Distribution: Wednesdays 5:00-6:00pm
Serving families with students from Edmunds Elementary, Walnut Street Elementary, Downtown Elementary, Ruby Van Meter Elementary, Greenwood Elementary, Hubbell Elementary, and Roosevelt High School

Meredith Reformed Church
5128 Meredith Dr, DSM, 50310
Distribution: Wednesdays 11:30am-1:00pm
Serving families with students from Cowles ES/MS, Windsor Elementary, Perkins Elementary, Hanawalt Elementary, and Merrill Middle School


Southside of DSM:

Cornerstone Church
3114 SW 61st St, DSM, 50321
Distribution: Wednesdays 5:00-6:30pm
Serving families with students from Brody Middle School, Lincoln High School, Park Avenue Elementary, Jefferson Elementary, Wright Elementary, Morris Elementary, Howe Elementary and McKinley Elementary

Casa de Oración y Restauración
1990 E Army Post Road, DSM, 50320
Distribution: Wednesdays from 5:00-7:00pm
Serving families with students from McCombs Middle School, Studebaker Elementary, Lovejoy Elementary, Jackson Elementary, Riverwoods Elementary, Weeks Middle School and South Union Elementary


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