Partnership Place Hours
  • Tuesday 9am - 1pm
  • Thursday 9am - 1pm
  • Saturday 9am - 1pm
    • Volunteer shifts on Saturday
      • 8:45am - 11:15am
      • 10:45am -1:15pm

 Johnston Partnership will soon be moving into a new place! Our new location will be near our current one, but will be much larger to accomodate our growing needs. Stay tuned for updates and to see how you can help!!
It doesn't seem time to talk about this but it is almost time for BACK TO SCHOOL!!! With all the uncertainty in our world right now, we know that our kiddos will be going back to school in one way or another. And because of the increased need during the pandemic, we expect more kids will need school supplies than usual. We provided over 200 students with much needed items last year. Please consider taking this list with you when buying for your own kids, and filling an extra backpack to bring our way. Or organize a collection with your neighbors or friends. Donations can be dropped during our operating hours: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays 9am-1pm. Monetary donations are also welcome. Checks can be mailed to: PO Box 975 Johnston 50131. We can make sure Johnston kids are ready to learn this year - however that takes place! Any questions? Andrea

A big thank you to Saint James Lutheran Church for their donation of over 40 pounds of produce from their community garden!

Be watching your mailbox for information regarding our Annual Appeal arriving soon!

Board Member Spotlight

Find out more about Tom Foldes!

Tell me a little about yourself (occupation, family, other organizations involved in, etc.)

I have been married to Mary for nearly 31 years. We have 3 children: Morgan (28) who lives in Indianapolis but has traveled the world for the last three years; Kenzie (24), a landscape architect here in Des Moines who is getting married in September; Michael (18) who will be a senior at JHS this fall. I am the founder and an owner of Bluestone Engineering, an engineering firm here in Johnston. I am also an Associate Teaching Professor of Construction Engineering at Iowa State University. Besides my involvement in the Johnston Partnership, I’ve been on the Board of Directors at Youth Homes of MidAmerica for over 12 years. I am also a board member of JEDCO (Johnston Economic Development Co.) and am a member of the Johnston Rotary club.

Why did you become involved in the Johnston Partnership, and what has your involvement looked like over time?

I first became involved in the Partnership in 2010 (back when the food pantry was in an old house at the location of the present Public Safety facility). I served on the board for 2 years before I stepped back from board involvement so I could focus my attention on Youth Homes (I was the board president for two 1 year terms). I rejoined the JPHC board in 2018 and am currently the Board President. I am also helping lead the effort to relocate the food pantry/clothes closet (know collectively as “Partnership Place”) to a new, larger location.

What makes the Johnston Partnership mission meaningful to you?

I grew up in a family that relied on a food pantry to supplement our groceries. I appreciate that the families that rely on services we provide (including the food pantry and clothes closet) are typically hard working families that, due to a variety of circumstances,  need help making ends meet.  I help out at the food pantry by doing intake (which is checking families families in on the DMARC data base and generally being their first point of contact when they come to visit our food pantry and clothes shop). I enjoy interacting with these families and am on a first name basis with many of the folks that use our services.  In a small way I feel I’m paying back to the community the support my family received when I was growing up.

In the coming days, the Senate will be making some big decisions about what to include in the next federal pandemic relief bill. Up to this point, we have seen no action from the Senate to strengthen the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which is known as Food Assistance in Iowa.

Food insecurity rates have skyrocketed during the pandemic, and SNAP is one of our nation's most vital anti-hunger programs. SNAP provides a dignified means of direct financial support to people experiencing food insecurity to buy food and has a very low rate of fraud. SNAP helps support both people and businesses alike, and boosting SNAP also boosts our economy.

Increasing SNAP benefits by 15% for the next two years would help over 330,000 Iowans enrolled in the program have access to the food they need to thrive.

Please contact Senators Ernst and Grassley today and ask them to support a temporary 15% increase to SNAP in the next federal pandemic relief bill.

Senator Joni Ernst

Senator Chuck Grassley

Board Member Spotlight


Find out more about Kathy Nichols!

Tell me a little about yourself (occupation, family, other organizations involved in, etc.)
I currently work at Community State Bank and have done so for the past 19 years. I have had the privilege of raising 4 children. I have 6 grandchildren that I love spending time with and they all live close by. I enjoy gardening. I have mentored to Johnston youth through the JUMP mentoring program from  6th grade to graduation and continue to keep in touch with both of them.

Why did you become involved in the Johnston Partnership, and what has your involvement looked like over time? 
I became involved in the Johnston Partnership through their mentoring program. Volunteering as a mentor allowed me to assist a school aged youth in a meaningful way. It’s important to me to give back to the community that I live in. I then became a board member and Treasurer.

What makes the Johnston Partnership mission meaningful to you? 
My involvement with the Johnston Partnership has always been focused around meeting the needs of those within my community. That started with mentoring. It was important to me to see these youth graduate from high school and pursue post-secondary education. Mentoring gives a youth a sense of hope, purpose and vision. I became a board member because not only did the Johnston Partnership focus on youth but their mission was to meet the basic needs of all those within our community.

Did you know that you can support the Johnston Partnership while shopping at Amazon? With their AmazonSmile program, it is so easy to do through the Amazon shopping app on iOS and Android mobile phones! Simply follow these steps:
  1. Open the Amazon Shopping app on your device
  2. Go into the main menu of the Amazon Shopping app & tap into "Settings"
  3. Tap "AmazonSmile" & follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process

The Johnston Partnership Clothing Room Update

Our clothing room began accepting all clothing donations July 1st!! Thank you for your patience as we slowly reopen these services after the pandemic. If you can wear it, we'll take it! Donations can be brought to the door during our operating hours: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays 9am-1pm. Pantry entrance is still limited to staff and limited volunteers. Clothing order forms for clients can be found on our website.

Effective March 17th, the Johnston Partnership will be operating under new procedures to inhibit the spread of Covid-19.

As always, we ask that any staff or volunteers stay home if sick. Just like school, you need to be fever free and 24 hours removed from any symptoms before coming to the pantry. 

We continue to clean as we always have, as we do have high traffic volume in our small space. All surfaces that are regularly touched - door handles, grocery carts, the bathroom, etc. will be cleaned at the end of the pantry day. We have hand sanitizer, hand soap and paper towels on hand, and encourage regular breaks for anyone who touches food to wash hands. 

The Johnston Partnership will operate our Food Pantry with a paper order form. After placing an order, clients will be asked to wait in their vehicles or outside while it is being completed. Call/email ahead orders are also welcome, using the forms found on our website. Email orders to or call in at 515-528-2379 or 515-868-1357. Staff & volunteers will be the only ones allowed inside the pantry. Staff will be the only ones with any client contact, as food pantry volunteers will be pulling orders, stocking and organizing as always. Anytime items will be pre-bagged and distributed according to family size.

Our clothing room will be closed until further notice, as there will be no safe way to operate that space. If you have donations, we ask that you hold them until at least April 14th.

Our newly-formed Benevolence Fund will still be accessible. This is open to those who live within the Johnston School District boundaries, and it does require a short application/interview process. We are able to assist with financial needs such as rental assistance, utility assistance or other emergency financial needs.

We thank you for your patience and understanding during this time. It is critical that we find a way to stay open, as the needs around food insecurity will only increase when people are home for long periods of time. We will be open during our regular hours: Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays 9am-1pm. 

If you would like to help, we will still need volunteers! Sign up (or walk-in) at Monetary donations go a lot further to help us fill ever changing needs. Click the DONATE button on our website!

We are still accepting food donations, personal care donations and monetary donations. Please click here to make a monetary donation. Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

Partnership Place Volunteers

We are still in need volunteers at the Partnership! Looking to fulfill Silver Cord hours? Or wanting to give back to your community? Sign-up here

Check us out on Social Media

Follow Johnston Partnership on social media for up to date happenings!
Instagram @JohnstonPartnership
Twitter @JohnstonPHC

Stats for the Month of June

    Juneof 2020  
Families Served 137
Individuals Served 763
Food Pantry Items Distributed 4396
Clothing Distributed 0
Volunteer Hours 275
Friday Friends Bags 0

Partnership Place

(5870 Merle Hay Rd, Suite D)
Tuesdays 9am-1pm
Thursdays 9am-1pm
Saturdays 9am-1pm

Closed holidays and holiday weekends
Donate anytime we are open

Partnership Staff:
  • Andrea Cook (Program Director)
  • Jessica Lewis (Pantry Operations Associate)
  • Chris Wilson (JUMP Project Coordinator)
Board Members:
  • Tom Foldes (President)
  • Amy Johnson (President Elect)
  • Chris Higdon (Past-President)
  • Kathy Nichols (Treasurer)
  • Peggy Martin (Secretary)
  • Barb Allen
  • Judy Andersen
  • Tony Garcia
  • Susan Lucas
  • Joleen Roskamp
  • LuAnn White
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