Polk County Community, Family & Youth Services

River Place Food Pantry


The River Place Food Pantry opened on March 9th, 2015 and is a collaboration between Polk County and the Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC)- Move the Food program. 

Once per calendar month, individuals and families in Polk County can go to the Food Pantry at Polk County River Place (2309 Euclid Avenue) to receive a three-day supply of healthy, nutritional food and other essential non-food items. 

Food is distributed solely to those in need without income being a consideration.

Food Pantry Hours:  M-F  8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Location:  2309 Euclid Avenue, Des Moines

Contact:  (515) 286-3695 

Foodpantry Combined Slideshow

 Interested in Volunteering at the Food Pantry?  

The River Place Food Pantry is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Volunteers at the Food Pantry will help clients with selecting a 3 day supply of healthy, nutritious food. Volunteers are asked to work a 2-3 hour shift. 

Food Pantry volunteers should be at least 18 years of age and able to pass a criminal and child and dependent adult registry check.  The Food Pantry also welcomes corporate/church groups wishing to volunteer.  Due to the size of the Pantry, we ask that groups limit their size to 3-4 individuals per shift.

If you are interested in volunteering, fill out the Volunteer Forms below and E-Mail or mail them to Paulette Stodgel at the River Place Food Pantry, 2309 Euclid Avenue, Des Moines, IA  50310.  For more information, contact Paulette at 515-286-3780.

Volunteer Forms:

Food Pantry Application

Criminal Background Check

Child/Dependent Adult Abuse Registry Check

Child Abuse Registry and Criminal Record Disclosure Statement

Confidentiality Statement

Emergency Contact Form

Volunteers will also be asked to provide a copy of their DL or other photo identification.

Contact Us

Community & Family Division
Polk County River Place
2309 Euclid Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50310

Youth Services Division
Juvenile Detention 515-286-3344
Centralized Intake 515-286-3350
1548 Hull Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50316