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DMARC pantries break single-day customer record


The Des Moines Area Religious Council Food Pantry Network just set a record. On Tuesday, November 1, DMARC served its highest number of customers in one day. But no one is celebrating. “Food is expensive right now these days. We can’t even afford to buy it,” said customer Felicia Lozano. She is grateful for the Urbandale pantry. After the federal food assistance program called SNAP was cut last spring, it’s been hard on her and more than 40 million other low-income Americans. “It’s just kind of the perfect storm this time of year,” said Matt Unger, CEO of the Des Moines Area Religious Council Pantry Network. 15 metro pantries. “We hope this isn’t a scary harbinger of what this month has in store, but we expect November to be a banner month as well,” Unger said. He says the need for food aid has grown for several reasons. They include cuts in federal food benefits and rising inflation. “You marry these things together and people are just struggling to meet their basic needs right now and food is a big part of that,” Unger said. November is also a tough time for many families who have to start paying heating bills and holiday gifts. The Iowans are called upon to help DMARC help its customers. “It’s one of those times when we’re going to need a lot of extra support. More people than ever before,” Unger said. If you want to help, you can volunteer, donate food or donate money, you can visit the DMARC website here.

The Des Moines Area Religious Council Food Pantry Network just set a record. On Tuesday, November 1, DMARC served its highest number of customers in one day. But no one is celebrating.

“Food is expensive right now these days. We can’t even afford to buy it,” customer Felicia Lozano said.

She is grateful for the Urbandale pantry. After the federal food assistance program called SNAP was cut last spring, it’s been hard on her and more than 40 million other low-income Americans.

“I’m getting food for my house because the food stamps have been cut and I’m struggling right now,” Lozano said.

“It’s just kind of the perfect storm this time of year,” said Matt Unger, CEO of the Des Moines Area Religious Council Pantry Network.

Unger says November 1 was his busiest day ever, serving 1,500 customers at his 15 subway pantries.

“We hope this isn’t a scary harbinger of what this month has in store, but we expect November to be a banner month as well,” Unger said.

He says the need for food aid has increased for several reasons. They include cuts in federal food benefits and rising inflation.

“You marry these things together and people are just struggling to meet their basic needs right now and food is a big part of that,” Unger said.

November is also a tough time for many families who have to start paying for heating bills and holiday gifts. The call is out for Iowans to help DMARC help its customers.

“This is one of those times when we’re going to need a lot of extra support. As we support more people than we’ve ever had,” Unger said.

If you would like to help, you can volunteer, donate food or donate money, you can visit the DMARC website here.


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