First Annual Back to School Clinic Is A Great Success

Community organizations, led by the Johnston Partnership for a Healthy Community and Johnston Community School District organized, funded, and staffed Johnston’s first Back to School Clinic on July 31st at Johnston Middle School.  Over 200 kids were screened, immunized, registered and have new backpacks filled with school supplies. 

Funders for the event included:  Bishop Drum Retirement Center staff and residents, Johnston Police Department, Kiwanis, Rotary, Ken and MaryEllen Krofta, St James Lutheran Church, and Johnston Partnership.

Organizations providing services or information included: Johnston Community School District, NorthPoint Church, Dart, Johnston Iowa Clinic: Dr. Elizabeth Jauron and Dr John Amspaugh; Mercy Pediatric Clinic: Julie McLaren ARNP; Mercy Clinic,: Dr. Geetha Mani; Immunizations and Lead Screening, Polk County Health Department; Dental Screening: Dr. Alan Sweet DDS, Lisa Swett and office staff; Vision Screening: Bob Harter, Lion's Club; Visiting Nurse Services and Polk County Health Department: coordination of documents, insurance forms and assistance in finding medical providers; La’ James International College students: Hair Cuts.

Summer Lunch

Free Lunch for children up to 18 years old at Chapel Ridge and Sterling Point will continue until August 17th.  

   Chapel Ridge Apartment Complex
   6200 Clark Lane Johnston IA 50131
   12:00pm – 12:30pm

   Sterling Point Apartment Complex
   10509 Dorset Drive, Johnston IA 50131
   12:30pm – 1:00pm June 11th – August 17th

We have served an average of 100 kids a day during June and July. Additionally, we had a TV spot about our need for volunteers which helped fill the open spots we had!  We are thankful for our outpouring of volunteers this past month and we are now good until the end of the year with volunteers – thank you!  This program will be evaluated in the near future.  If you have comments please send them to us.

Personal Items Needed

   Our shelves of personal items: toilet paper, Kleenex, shampoo, body wash, toothpaste, mouthwash, diapers, laundry soap are almost empty again. If you have extras, can buy some extras this week or donate dollars for this purpose our families can certainly use them. There will be drives by several groups for these items but they won’t start until after school starts.

Extra Produce From Your Garden?

Did you grow too much? Don't let your hard work go to waste. We will gladly accept fresh produce donations.  Check out these great tips from DMARC and donate today at either location:

    DMARC Food Pantry Network Warehouse
    1435 Mulberry Street, Des Moines
    Monday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    Friday 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    Johnston Partnership DMARC Food Pantry
    5870 Merle Hay Rd, Suite D
    Tuesday & Thursday 9 a.m. - Noon
    Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Volunteer Highlight: St Paul and St James Gardens


The Johnston Partnership is blessed to have two local churches who donate vegetables weekly to our food pantry.  Last year St Paul Presbyterian and St James Lutheran together donated almost 1,800 pounds of vegetables to the food pantry and this year the gardens again look healthy and bountiful.

Both gardens have a core of regular workers.  St Paul supplements their member workers with volunteers from the community who sign up on the Partnership’s Sign Up page to work on Wednesday nights.  Most of the slots have been filled with youth and adults who assist with weeding, hoeing, watering harvesting, and packaging food for the pantry.   The regulars say that the garden provides a great experience for kids and adults who want to learn to grown food of their own.  The workers love meeting and working with others in the garden and they enjoy producing something with their own hands which helps others.  

Both gardens produce many different kinds of vegetables and herbs.  Exactly what to plant depends on what is popular at the pantry with a preference for plants which have repeat or continuous harvest like beans, tomatoes, peppers, etc. and aren’t likely to have insect problems.

The gardens receive support from their congregations with grants assisting with larger expenses.  

St Paul Presbyterian regulars
Sue VanEssen, Noah Enerson, Val Nichols, MaryAnn Nelson

St James Lutheran regulars
Mary Dzubak and Vicki Renner

August 8th vegetables from the gardens!

Stats for the Month of July 

    July of 2018     July 1, 2017  
  to June 30,2018  
Families Served 211 2,682
Individuals Served 741 13,732
1 Person Families 46 49
Food Pantry Items Distributed 8,064 95,653
Clothing Distributed 2,174 21,289
Volunteer Hours 374 3,890
Individuals $ 1,134
Churches $ 389
Companies/Corp $ 420
Grants $ 21,000

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
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