The following are social services available to the community as we help each other during the coronavirus health crisis.

Catholic Charities

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 Schools 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