Catholic Charities Food Pantry to Close for Renovations

Expansion of empowerment services and choice-style pantry will better serve clients.

Des Moines, Iowa (July 10, 2017) – Catholic Charities, Diocese of Des Moines, will close the doors on its east-side facility for a total renovation of facilities and services. Formerly known as St. Mary Family Center, the Catholic Charities Outreach Center will include a “choice” food pantry, conference room, and offices to house Empowerment Services.

BSB Design is creating the plan, and Koester Construction will do the renovations and remodeling. The project is funded through generous local sources. The facility will be closed from July 14 through August 16. A grand re-opening is planned for August 17.

Clients will be directed to other Metro food pantries. The DMARC Mobile Pantry will be on-site for three days during the construction period, Monday, July 24, 31, and August 7 from 10 AM – 1 PM.

Leslie Van Der Molen, Catholic Charities Poverty Reduction Manager, is working on making the most of the closure time. “While the facility is closed, the agency will hold volunteer training for the renovated facility. We want our clients to have a great experience as soon as we reopen,” Van Der Molen stated.

Nancy Galeazzi, Executive Director of Catholic Charities, Diocese of Des Moines said “We are excited for this transformation of an already great program. Catholic Charities is dedicated to providing the basic, urgent needs of clients, as well as empowering them for a better future.”

About Catholic Charities Outreach Center

The Catholic Charities Outreach Center is located at 1815 Hubbell Avenue. It houses Catholic Charities Food Pantry, a partner in the DMARC food pantry network, which serves an average of 558 families each month. The pantry is open to all Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Center also houses Catholic Charities Empowerment Services which will look at client needs to help them overcome obstacles of poverty and build a better future through case management, counseling, education, and more. Visit for more information.

About Catholic Charities, Diocese of Des Moines

Founded in 1924, Catholic Charities, Des Moines Diocese, is dedicated to offering help and hope to those in need throughout central and southwest Iowa.  Catholic Charities, a United Way agency, provides individual and family counseling, food pantry, refugee resettlement services, domestic violence and sexual assault shelter and services, family emergency shelter, and more. Facilities include Catholic Charities Emergency Family Shelter, Catholic Charities Outreach Center, and Catholic Charities Domestic Violence and Sexual Violence Program in Council Bluffs, IA. For information about Catholic Charities of Des Moines, its programs, and services, please visit


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