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Poverty Is a Pervasive Problem

Poverty Is a Pervasive Problem

...but it doesn't have to be a permanent problem. We help families bridge the gap
and break the intergenerational cycle of poverty.

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One in 3 central Iowans, including thousands in Des Moines, doesn't earn enough to cover basic expenses like food, housing and healthcare without support.

Many are homeless, living in shelters and on the street. Others are one car repair or one unexpected medical expense away from a crisis.

Poverty is often hidden in plain sight.

It's important to offer immediate, short-term assistance to those struggling to survive. But we also know it's critical that we work to identify and address the root issues that cause poverty, like addiction, homelessness, job loss, lack of education, discrimination and many other factors in order to halt the cycle that perpetuates from one generation to the next.

The Salvation Army of Des Moines helps overcome poverty through:

Pathway of Hope

The goal of Pathway of Hope is to guide families living in Polk, Warren and Dallas counties with children 18 years and younger through crisis and instability to a place of security in order to ultimately break the generational cycle of poverty. We work to build a community for Pathway families, enabling them to connect with and benefit from many of our programs and other community resources.

Call 515-266-3156 to learn more.

Infant Care and Material Assistance

A parent shouldn't have to choose between feeding a child and paying the electric bill, but sadly, these are often the choices that people living in poverty are forced to make. Our Infant Care and Material Assistance programs help bridge the gap. The Infant Care Center provides emergency supplies of formula and disposable diapers, while material assistance includes utility, rent and mortgage payment support as well as household items, clothing and furniture.

Call 515-282-3422 to learn more.

Food Pantries

The food pantries at Citadel and Temple community centers feed thousands of families each year, offering nonperishable food items each weekday and fresh produce when available. The pantries are open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m.

Mobile Breakfast Service

Our mobile breakfast service travels to five locations around central Des Moines Tuesday and Friday mornings year-round to serve a hot egg casserole and beverages to approximately 1,000 homeless and near-homeless people. Learn how you can volunteer or make egg casserole. Call 515-282-3599 for more information.

You can help fight poverty one person at a time.


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More than 14 percent of individuals in Des Moines are food insecure.

A donation to The Salvation Army provides nutritious food to those who are hungry.

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A parent shouldn't have to choose between filling their child's prescription and paying the electric bill.

A donation to The Salvation Army helps those struggling to climb out of poverty.

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Approximately 1,000 individuals who are homeless and near-homeless are fed through our mobile breakfast service.

A donation to The Salvation Army provides warm food and drinks to our neighbors in greatest need.

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Other Ways We Meet Needs