DMACC Foundation Receives Grant from Bayer Fund

Posted 5/28/2020

​Grant dollars will support Pamela's Food Pantry on the DMACC Ankeny Campus​

  • Pamela’s Food Pantry was established in 2004 by DMACC staff member Pamela Parker, who observed how hunger impacted the success of students.​

  • The pantry currently serves approximately 500 DMACC students per year, and is supported entirely by grants and donations.​

  • Team members at Bayer Crop Science in Ankeny nominated the pantry for the grant award.

The DMACC Foundation, the preferred giving channel for Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC), today announced it has received a $2,000 grant from Bayer Fund in support of Pamela's Food Pantry on the DMACC Ankeny Campus. Team members at Bayer Crop Science in Ankeny nominated the pantry for the grant award.

Pamela's Food Pantry was established in 2004 by DMACC staff member Pamela Parker, who observed how hunger impacted the success of students. The pantry, which is available exclusively to DMACC students, is supported entirely by grants and donations. It currently serves approximately 500 students per year.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has created a variety of challenges for DMACC students, including food insecurity," said Tara Connolly, Executive Director of the DMACC Foundation. “The Bayer Fund grant will help us keep Pamela's Food Pantry well-stocked, especially as we anticipate increased usage by students as the College reopens and students return to campus."

Pamela's Food Pantry, which is located in Bldgs. 5 and 6 on the DMACC Ankeny Campus, offers a variety of healthy, non-perishable food items including snacks, single-serve foods and simple meals to take home and prepare.

“Throughout the years, the grants given through Bayer Fund have helped strengthen our communities across the United States," said Al Mitchell, President of Bayer Fund. “We're proud to be able to provide support to develop programs that help combat challenges such as food insecurity, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education and support services to patients and families managing an illness or disease."

In 2019, Bayer Fund awarded more than $14 million to over 3,200 charitable and nonprofit organizations to help address essential needs in food and nutrition, STEM education and community development. Over the last five years, nonprofit organizations across the U.S. have received more than $79 million.

For more information about Pamela's Food Pantry, please contact Sharon Bittner at sgbittner@dmacc.edu, Drea Iseminger at aliseminger1@dmacc.edu or Erin Smith at elsmith5@dmacc.edu.

To learn more about the DMACC Foundation, visit www.dmacc.edu/foundation.

To learn more about Bayer Fund, go to https://www.fund.bayer.us.​


For more information, contact: Tara Connolly, (515) 371-2211, tkconnolly@dmacc.edu​ or Carolyn Nagle, (201) 419-0337, carolyn.nagle@bayer.com​​

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