More than 23 million rides are provided annually by Iowa's transit systems. Public transit service is provided in every county in Iowa. Iowa transit systems rely on state and federal transit assistance to make rides available and affordable for Iowans. Local support such as tax revenue, fares, and donations provide a large share of agencies' operating budgets.

DART's Partnership to Provide Food Pantry Delivery Services

Saturday, May 09, 2020

The Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority (DART) has had an existing partnership with the Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) since 2018, hosting the mobile food pantry truck at DART Central Station in downtown Des Moines.

Each week, the mobile pantry truck parks near DART’s bus platforms and distributes food to anyone in need. Not only does it provide a convenient space for anyone in downtown Des Moines to complete a trip to the pantry, but it also helps to solve the transportation barrier for our riders by providing them access to a pantry using transit.

As COVID-19 led to closures and restrictions in our region, DART and DMARC remained committed to maintaining food distribution at DART Central Station on a weekly basis. Then, the opportunity arose for DART to take the partnership with DMARC a step further. In April 2020, DMARC announced a food pantry delivery service to ensure food-insecure central Iowans can safely access food pantry resources throughout the pandemic. DART offered to provide a Paratransit operator to assist with deliveries whenever possible.

Both partnerships allow DART to connect people in the communities we serve with food and other vital resources. It is even more important to us to maintain partnerships like this as our region continues to deal with COVID-19, ensuring that transportation is not a barrier for those most in need.

Click here to read more about the Mobile Food Pantry's locations and information.