Johnston Gives (formerly Project Share)
We provided gifts to 477 kids!  Thanks to all involved.  We could not have made Christmas happen for these families without your generosity. We had our strategic planning meeting for next year, and we’ll be at the Lions Club again on December 14th, 2019.

St. Paul Alternative Gift Market
The Partnership received a check for the proceeds of $600 last week. This is double the highest amount we’ve taken received in recent years.  Thank you Johnston! Save the date…the next market will be December 7th, 2019.

She Did It!!!
Mayor Paula is running 580 miles for us this month. She met her goal and surpassed it, of course!  Her focus on more monetary donations made a difference in us not getting overrun with green beans for months! THANK YOU MAYOR!

Annual Campaign
Over $14,000 in donations have come through for our annual campaign and more coming! WOW! We are so grateful to be a part of such a generous community. With your help, we will continue to serve the growing need. 

Welcome to Morgan


Morgan Foldes is currently serving as an intern for the Johnston Partnership. Since graduating from Iowa State University in 2014, she has traveled to 36 states and 17 countries consulting and serving local communities. While home in Johnston, she has enjoyed spending time with family, catching up with old friends and working alongside the dedicated members of the Johnston Partnership. She will be serving the Partnership until the end of February, at which point she will move to Mijas, Spain for discipleship training school at G42. 

You Can Help!

Sign up for a Shift at the Pantry
Making a New Year's resolution to volunteer in 2019? Here's the link to our page for the year's activities! Check back regularly to sign up for the pantry, clothing room, and other community events throughout the year! Sign up for Johnston Partnership Volunteer Page (!

Johnston Chopped - Silent Auction Items
We are looking for silent auction items for Johnston Chopped on February 25th at Hyperion Field Club. If you have an item, gift card or service that you would like to donate to our silent auction, please contact Morgan Foldes at Thanks in advance for helping us out!

Deep Freezer Needed
We are looking for a new or used deep freezer unit.  One of our freezers stopped working in September.  Therefore, we have limited deep freezer space. If you have a freezer to donate or have a good deal please let Andrea know at

Important Dates

February 25th:
Johnston Chopped - Purchase your Tickets today for this culinary event benefiting the Johnston Partnership. Help us CHOP hunger in our community by attending our signature event.  

DMARC Mobile Pantry is Coming to Johnston:
DMARC will have the mobile pantry at the Johnston Library starting Jan 23rd and going each 2nd & 4th Wednesday from 4-6pm.  They need volunteers. The signup link is here.  

They need 2 volunteers each time, and they take anyone 16 and older (16 & younger must volunteer with a parent)...great for Silver Cord kids!  More information can be found here.  Why is the mobile pantry coming to Johnston?  Because our pantry has one of the fastest growing needs in the metro

Jean Gilbert, Small but Mighty

If you’ve ever stopped by our DMARC food pantry on a Saturday morning you’ve probably seen a tiny (4’10”), grandmother working alongside teenagers who tower above her as they staff the pantry and clothes closet during some of the most hectic hours we are open.  It’s a combination that works well…. Jean Gilbert respecting the energy, knowledge, and strength of the youth and the youth looking to Jean for guidance and coaching.

Left to Right. Brees Proctor,  Andrew Postma, Jean Gilbert

Jean has been sharing food with hungry families since the 1960’s.  In the early days she transported donations from Johnston to Central Presbyterian Church who then distributed the food to pantries across the metro.  She was among the volunteers who helped at Crown Point when the Johnston food pantry started, then at St Paul Presbyterian Church, then the house where the fire station now stands and finally to our current location.  She used to run the front desk but retired from that job when the records were moved to the computer.

Jean and her husband Jim, a retired DM Register printer and part-time carpenter moved to Johnston early in their marriage and raised their 2 daughters here.  Now Jean enjoys the choir and bell choir at St Paul’s.  She is also very dedicated to the birds and squirrels she feeds in her back yard and to the deer who follow her around the yard.

Jean is amazed at the number of people who come to the pantry.  She says “The economy has gotten worse…  They (our regulars) do work, they just don’t make enough to feed their families, pay rent, etc.  We just seem to get busier and busier and we need more space. Thank you Jean for your continued dedication to serving those in need.

Stats for the Month of December

    December of 2018  
Families Served 310
Individuals Served 1,721
Friday Friends/Dragon Power Bags 767 bags
Clothing Distributed 2,818
Volunteer Hours 391
Donations $25,831

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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