Polk County Community, Family & Youth Services

Polk County Food Pantry Sites


Polk County collaborates with the Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC)- Move the Food program to operate two food pantry sites. 

The Northside Food Pantry, located at 3010 6th Avenue, opened on April 3, 2017. 

Once per calendar month, individuals and families in Polk County can 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.

River Place Food Pantry: 2309 Euclid Avenue, (515) 286-3695

Northside Food Pantry:  3010 Sixth Avenue, (515) 286-2220

Foodpantry Combined Slideshow

 Interested in Volunteering at the Food Pantry?  

Polk County's Food Pantry Sites are open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Volunteers 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 the designated contact at the Food Pantry where you would like to volunteer. 
Food Pantry Contacts

River Place Food Pantry, 2309 Euclid Avenue, Des Moines
Missy Wells, (515) 286-3695 or E-Mail

Northside Food Pantry, 3010 Sixth Avenue, Des Moines
Mary Cataldo, (515) 286-2220 or E-Mail

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.

USDA Non-Discrimination Statement (English)

USDA Non-Discrimination Statement (Spanish)

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