The United Way of Central Iowa has just announced the 2015 offering of community garden mini-grants.
The mission of Eat Greater Des Moines is to provide access to healthy food for all Iowans with a central Iowa focus. Eat Greater Des Moines acts on gaps within sectors toward a sustainable food system resulting in healthy food being accessible and convenient, and human food production economically viable.
Does your organization have a food-related event that you would like to see on Eat Greater Des Moines? Please complete our event request form to submit it. We look forward to sharing your relevant events, and ask that your organization share Eat Greater Des Moines with its constituents.
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs are an increasingly popular way for consumers to join together to gain access to fresh, local foods from a nearby farm. By becoming subscribers to a farm's CSA program, a family can pick up a box of seasonal foods from that farm each week, often at one of several convenient pick-up sites. At the same time, the farm receives a reliable source of funds from its subscribers and can focus on farming instead of sales. Search for a CSA program with pick-up sites near you, and find out whether it has openings for new subscribers.
Do you have a farm, CSA program, or farm stand in central Iowa? If so, please check whether it is already included in the appropriate map and directory on our website. We invite you to add or update the profile for your farm, CSA, or farm stand.
The Food Rescue Crew of Central Iowa Shelter & Services conducts food rescue in the greater Des Moines area.
Information for administrators of the food rescue program is available here. (Log in required.)
Several agencies in the greater Des Moines area serve free meals to people in need or operate food pantries. Our map and directory of food assistance sites can help you to find more information.
In addition, the Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) partners with 14 food pantry sites that provide food for people who request it.
The DMARC SNAP Outreach Project is also available at a growing number of locations in the Des Moines area to help people determine their eligibility for and apply for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits to purchase healthy food.
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