Families Forward

As of July 2023, Bidwell Riverside Center and Hawthorn Hill officially merged into Families Forward, an organization where the original four programs – Bidwell Pantry, Child Development Center, New Directions Shelter, and The Home Connection – work together to provide compassionate, life-changing assistance to families and their path to self-sufficiency.​


1203 Hartford Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50315, USA

Phone 515-244-6251

Bidwell Pantry operates a Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) food panty. People seeking assistance can visit one of the DMARC food pantries to receive a three-day supply of food once per month.

Bidwell Pantry has additional daily food items available. Bidwell Pantry also provides clothing, and household items. All services are first come, first served.

  • DMARC Food Packages
    • Three-day supply of food available once per month
  • Daily food items
    • Bread & pastries
    • Extra Produce
    • Meals From the Heartland
    • Other food donations
  • Clothing
  • Toiletries/personal hygiene items (when available)
  • Diapers, wipes, formula, baby food (when available)
  • Household items (when available)


Open to anyone. Bidwell is a no-boundary pantry.

Intake Process:

Provide identification (ID) for the head of household.  ID types are flexible, see the website for forms of ID. If possible, please bring identification for each member of the household. If you are unable to provide an ID, a limited amount of food is available.

Appointments are not necessary, please check in when you arrive.



Food & Clothing Pantry Hours:

Monday – Friday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

*Last check-in is at 4:45 pm

Mailing Address:

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Website: View Website