Food Pantry

Thank You! Chances are you have reached this page because you have been invited to join us in the call to eliminate hunger for those in need around the Des Moines metro. Every third weekend, we designate as "Food Pantry Weekend." This is where we encourage all of you to bring non-perishable food items to your worship location and place them in the designated big, red bins. We also highly encourage you to donate monetarily because DMARC is able to purchase food at a bulk rate much more inexpensively that we can at a local grocery store. Simply write "DMARC " in your check memo to Ankeny First United Methodist Church.

Visit the DMARC site to see their current most needed items.

Ankeny First United Methodist Church is one of the 150 congregations that support DMARC - the Des Moines Area Religious Council. DMARC is an interfaith organization that exists to provide a common means of responding to basic human needs. One of DMARC's programs is the Emergency Food Pantry, which provides food at no cost to nine food pantry sites in the Des Moines area, including one site in Ankeny.

Ankeny First sponsors regular food drives on behalf of the DMARC Emergency Food Pantry, including the following:

  • Twice annually, we will focus the Mission of the Month on the Food Pantry: November and a summer month. Watch for those details.
  • Souper Bowl Sunday - Annual event corresponding with the NFL Super Bowl. Cash donations and canned goods are collected.

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We as a mission team also want to support other local agencies that feed the hungry. There are always opportunites to volunteer and donate to IMPACTIMPACT (in Ankeny) and Bidwell Riverside CenterBidwell Riverside Center (in Des Moines). Please visit their websites for more information.