The following are social services available to the community as we help each other during the coronavirus health crisis.
Family-centered services remain open, though some staff are working remotely. Food is available at the outreach center and the shelters in Des Moines and Council Bluffs remain open. Counseling is available by appointment. Donations can be made through the Catholic Charities website. We have limited volunteer opportunities. If interested, contact Holly.
St. Vincent de Paul
Food pantries at St. Vincent de Paul in Des Moines remain open by appointment only. Pickup times are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Make appointments by calling 515-282-8327 ext. 14 for the site at 1426 6th Ave., or 515-282-8328 ext. 30 for the site at 520 SW Army Post Road. Donations can be made here.
Free meals for the community
(no age or income requirement)
Central Senior Center, 2008 Forest Ave. M – W – F / Eat In or Carry Out, Serving starts @ 4 p.m., goes until food runs out.
Norwoodville Community Center, 3077 N.E. 46th (Broadway) Ave. Mon. & Wed. - Eat In or Carry Out / Friday – CARRY OUT ONLY Serving starts at 4 p.m., goes until food runs out.
Westside Community Center 134—6th St. (Valley Junction) Mon. & Wed. - Eat In or Carry Out / Friday – CARRY OUT ONLY Serving starts at 3:45 pm
Southside Senior Center 100 Payton Ave. M – W – F / CARRY OUT ONLY Serving starts at 3:45 p.m., goes until food runs out. * Must bring own carry out container/s * * No Reservations Needed. First Come – First Served
Free Meals for Students
Des Moines Public School After March 26th, Des Moines Public Schools Food and Nutrition will start distributing “grab and go” meals to families. Grab-and-go meals will be available from 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM ALL weekdays at ALL Des Moines Public Schools middle school locations from March 26th until we resume classes.
St. Anthony Catholic School Starting April 6, grab and go meals available for students age 1-18 in the community, includes lunch & breakfast for the next morning. 16 Columbus Ave., 11 a.m. - noon. Students don't need to be present, remain in your vehicle, follow social distancing guidelines.
West Des Moines Community Schoolshttps://www.wdmcs.org/coronavirus-information/nutrition-resources-for-students/ This resource is offered to all under age 18 regardless of where they live or school they attend.
Senior Citizen Meals Sites
Altoona: Open 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; 507—13th Avenue SW Altoona 50009; Phone: 967-1853; Site Coordinator: Natalie Olson
Ankeny: Open 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; 406 S.W. School Street, Suite 104 Ankeny 50021; Phone: 963-0527 Site Coordinator: Maureen Schaefer; PT Site Coordinator: Mary Scaglione
Central: Open 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; 2008 Forest Ave. Des Moines 50314; Phone: 286-3677; Site Supervisor: Sam McCrorey Program Aide: Machelle King
East: Open 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; 1231 E.. 26th Street Des Moines 50317; Phone: 265-8461; Site Supervisor: Ranae Nerem; Program Aide: Kris McCaughey
Grimes: Open 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; 410 S.E. Main Street Grimes 50111; Phone: 986-5747; Site Coordinator: Rene` Leppert
Johnston: Open 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; 6300 Pioneer Parkway Johnston, Iowa 50131; Phone: 251-3707; Site Coordinator: Caroline VerSchuer; Serving Time: Noon
MLK. Jr.: Open 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; 1650 Garfield Des Moines 50316; Phone: 266-5445; Site Coordinator: Hollie McCargar
North: Open 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; 3010—6th Ave Des Moines 50313; Phone: 288-1524; Site Supervisor: Sara Baratta; Program Aide: Nicole Ledvina
Northwest: Open 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; 5110 Franklin Ave. Des Moines 50310; Phone: 279-2767; Site Supervisor: Kristi Carman Program Aide: Lisa McDonald
Norwoodville: (Deaf Seniors on Wednesday Only); Open 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; 3077 N.E. 46th Ave. Des Moines 50317; Phone: 266-5794; Site Supervisor: Dan Sauser Program Aide: Krystal Simonson
Pioneer Columbus: Open 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; 2100 S.E. 5th Street Des Moines 50315; Phone: 288-3734 Program Aide: Anna Calisesi
Runnells: Open 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; 108 Brown Street Runnells 50237; Phone: 966-2427 Site Coordinator: Pamela Appleby
Polk City: Tuesday and Thursday Only Open 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; 309 Van Dorn Polk City 50226; Phone: 984-6691; Site Coordinator: Mary Scaglione M-W-F @ Ankeny @ 963-0527
Scott Four Mile: Open 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; 3711 Easton Blvd. Des Moines 50317 265-9977; Site Coordinator: Jennifer Malcom-Brown
South: Open 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; 100 Payton Ave. Des Moines, 50315; Phone: 287-0092; Site Supervisor: JaNeil Long; Program Aide: Cody Evison
West Des Moines: Open 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; 134 - 6th Street West Des Moines 50265; Phone: 274-0373; Site Supervisor: Mary Clare Cox; Program Aide: Linda Mason