Johnston Chopped! 

February 25th at Hyperion Field Club

Join us for Johnston Chopped! 
Local chefs will be competing to create a dish from a **mystery basket ** of ingredients commonly found in our Des Moines Area Religious Council food pantry, modeled after the Food Network show Chopped. In addition to the cooking competition there will be live entertainment, a fantastic silent auction, wine pull and great food and drinks to make this an unforgettable night. 

Help us CHOP hunger in our community!

Be sure to buy your tickets today. They are going fast! 

Meet Your Chefs Competing for the Chopped Title

Meet Your Judges for Johnston Chopped


Corteva Giving Back 
WOW! What an incredible donation from Corteva Agriscience! They hosted a personal care drive and presented the Johnston Partnership with a $10,000 donation. Those dollars and personal care items will go a long way in serving our community. THANK YOU CORTEVA!

Eagle Scout Gives Back

The Johnston Partnership Clothes Closet was fortunate to be chosen for James Grimm’s Eagle Scout Project.  James made this choice after he and his mother volunteered on a Saturday and noticed the need for more shelves and racks, better organization and offered to take on the project. 

The result according to Monica Brich,
“The Tuesday/Thursday Clothing Closet volunteers were excited to see the remodeled clothing space & we were not disappointed!  The new hanging spaces for t-shirts help to better display the items and have significantly reduced the time needed to tidy the Closet at the end of shift. Two other great additions are: 1) a section of wall hooks where purses, scarves, and ties are neatly displayed, and 2) a new set of strong shelves that we can use to store off-season items.  All of these improvements lead to better display of items for our clients & time savings for volunteers. Thank you to James Grimm and all the others who made all the excellent improvements."
To accomplish this project James developed a written plan which was approved by the Partnership and Scouting officials, raised funds (about $120) plus other donations, recruited help, got all the materials to the site, instructed all the helpers and managed the work flow for the two-day project completed over the holiday break.  The result was new wall organization, more clothes hanging racks, new shelving and clean carpets throughout!!
Besides James and his parents, Jamie and ­­­­April Grimm, several others helped with the project.   These included: Jamison Cunningham, Ian Ehredt, Keaton Walker, who are also scouts from Troop 97, several other scout parents, James’ grandfather and cousins worked on the project.   Local businesses who provided discounted supplies included: Johnston Hy-Vee (Rug Doctor & soap), Ace Hardware (paint & brushes), Home Depot (lumber) & Restore (discounted hooks). Over 3,000 clothing items go in/out of this space each month, and James' efforts make for a much better experience for volunteers and clients.

Eagle Scout is the highest achievement or rank attainable in the Boy Scouting program.  Only four percent of Boy Scouts are granted this rank after a lengthy review process. The requirements necessary to achieve this rank take years to fulfill.  James, a sophomore at Johnston High, keeps busy with Advanced Placement classes and Mock Trial.   He already has career aspirations in the areas of Neurology or Psychiatry. 

Stats for the Month of January

    January of 2019  
Families Served 250
Individuals Served 1,292
Friday Friends/Dragon Power Bags 1,014 bags
Clothing Distributed 2,243
Volunteer Hours 366
Donations $8,257

Partnership Place

(5870 Merle Hay Rd, Suite D)
Tuesdays 9am - Noon
Thursdays 9am-Noon
Saturdays 10am-2pm

Closed holidays and holiday weekends
Donate anytime we are open

Partnership Staff:
  • Andrea Cook (Program Director)
  • Chris Wilson (Jump Project Coordinator)
  • Morgan Foldes (Intern)
Board Members:
  • Chris Higdon (President)
  • Tom Foldes (Pres-Elect)
  • Kathy Nichols (Treasurer)
  • Lauren Steenhoek (Secretary)
  • Amy Johnson
  • Barb Allen
  • LuAnn White
  • Judy Anderson
  • Paul Williams
  • Peggy Martin
  • Susan Lucas
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