DES MOINES, Iowa -- The 32-day-old government shutdown is putting a strain on food pantries, so the Des Moines Area Religious Council's (DMARC) mobile food pantry is launching four new sites this week.
DMARC says it continues to identify pockets of food insecurity in the community and develop partnerships to bring the mobile food pantry directly to the people who need it most. DMARC is trying to make it easier to reach people and be able to provide them with food.
DMARC tells WHO Channel 13 it needs more volunteers.
"We need volunteers to help with all the additional sites," said Joe Dolack, DMARC Mobile Food Pantry program manager. "We have seven more sites that will be active by the end of next month, and we have dozens more that are in the works of being active. We're hoping to get up to 35 to 40 sites total between the DMARC Mobile Food Pantries, all three of them, in conjunction with the boys and girls clubs as well."
For more information on volunteering for the program, log onto www.dmarcunited.org.