Food & Personals

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Please note, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the food and personals pantry at West Des Moines Human Services has temporarily transitioned to order pick-up only.  Please come to the donation doors at the SE corner of our building to check in during normal food pantry hours (see below).  Please bring identification for all household members.  Call 515-222-3660 with any questions.

If you have specific food preferences, please submit a Food Pantry Order Form.

The DMARC Food Pantry at West Des Moines Human Services is available monthly to assist households with perishable and non-perishable food items to meet their needs. There are no income limits for receiving food.  Identification for all household members is required.

The Personal Care Pantry is available monthly to assist West Des Moines households with the following personal care items: soap, deodorant, shampoo, laundry detergent, oral hygiene products, feminine care products and toilet paper. Income guidelines apply.


Monday, Tuesday, Thursday:    8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, Friday:                   8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 
2nd & 4th Tuesday evening of each month:     4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. (temporarily suspended)


Food donations are always appreciated, although due to health and safety concerns, we are not allowed to accept donations of prepared food.  Donations may be dropped off on Mondays and Thursdays between 8:30 am and 3:00 pm.  Or, we encourage you to order from our Amazon Needs List and the items will be shipped directly to us!

Personal care items are provided by donations, grants, area churches and other organizations.  We have an on-going need for donations of personal care items.  Donations may be dropped off on Mondays and Thursdays between 8:30 am and 3:00 pm.  Or, we encourage you to order from our Amazon Needs List and the items will be shipped directly to us!

Click here to view SNAP Guidelines 

The Emergency 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.  We are one of 13 DMARC pantry sites. Pantry sites are located in West Des Moines, Ankeny, Johnston, Urbandale and nine sites in Des Moines. DMARC Food Pantries help meet short-term food needs when families do not have enough to eat.

Food Pantry


In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

 To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: 


U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C.  20250-9410

FAX:     (202) 690-7442; or

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.