Des Moines Area Religious Council
2017 Progress Report
Committed to increase distribution over three (3) years of the produce category, including all forms of fresh, frozen, canned, and dried fruits and vegetables, by thirty percent (30%), and implement Pilot Test I for a new Pantry 2.0 model that incentivizes healthy food choices.
“The Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) is working with Partnership for a Healthier America to increase the number of fruits and vegetables being served in the State of Iowa’s largest food pantry network. In our first year, DMARC distributed 686,000 pounds of fresh produce in addition to 545,000 pounds of canned fruits and vegetables. Most importantly, we began a pilot project aimed at integrating health and wellness services into the pantry setting with a focus on incentivizing the consumption of additional fresh and healthy foods. We are hopeful that pilot, which nudges people toward better nutrition by providing more food if consumers make healthier choices, will improve the eating habits and, ultimately, the health of our clients.”