FREE! Johnston Back to School Health and Resource Clinic


July 31
Tuesday, July 31 from 2 - 6 PM
Johnston Middle School - 6501 NW 62nd Avenue

JCSD families in need of assistance preparing for the 2018-2019 school year are invited to attend a free health and resource clinic to make sure their children are ready to start school in August.

Community organizations and healthcare professionals will be available to assist with needed screenings and connecting with area resources. School district personnel will also be available for any questions in regards to registration, transportation, lunch, athletics and more.
We need 70 volunteers for this event! Both adults and students looking for Silver Cord hours are welcome. Click the link to help volunteer:

Free Lunch for Kids

Youth 18 and younger are welcome to stop by and get a filling, healthy lunch every weekday 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 also need volunteers to help serve the lunch! Check your calendars for August to join us.  Sign-up at the links below:

Growing Produce for the Pantry

St Paul's Community Garden was planted over 20 years ago and has been growing ever since. All the fresh produce from this garden (hundreds of pounds of vegetables) is donated to the Johnston Partnership’s Food Pantry. The garden is located next to the parking lot of St. Paul Presbyterian Church - 6426 Merle Hay Road.

Individual and group volunteers are welcome and needed throughout the growing season. Every Wednesday 90-minute slots are available. Sign-up at: 

Many thanks to the Lego Building Group from the Johnston Community School District for helping in the garden.
They told us “If you haven't pitched in, you really should! It's a lot of fun and very rewarding!"

Books at the Partnership

Summer time is here...what better time to catch up on your reading! Each Saturday this summer, the Johnston Public Library is set up outside Partnership Place to find you (or your kiddos!) the perfect book. A special thanks to Molly for serving this week. :)

WE ASKED, You Gave.

What a difference a week makes!! At the end of May our personal item shelves were very low.  A Facebook post was picked up by Channel 13 and within a week the shelves were full again.  Your generosity is appreciated by each client that we have served this week. We’ve had over 2,000 items donated in a little over a week.

BUT the needs list stays the same each month of the year! Our shelves are low again, keep the donations coming!

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

Rich Safris, Johnston

“I volunteer to remind myself how fortunate I am”. Rich works in the food pantry on Tuesday mornings from October through spring.  He says he enjoys working with the other volunteers who are friendly and helpful.  Rich finds that people are the most disappointed when we don’t have milk, eggs, or toilet paper on hand.  Once, he recalled, when there was no milk, one women said, “Well, maybe I can find enough change in the glovebox to buy some.”

In the summer he and his wife of 50 years spend time at their cabin in Minnesota or with family including 3 children and 8 grandchildren. Rich is retired after a 40-year career as a teacher in Johnston, Urbandale and Des Moines. 

His other volunteer jobs are as Head Judge for Odyssey of the Mind and Academic Decathlon. His hobby is carving gourds which he orders from California and Arizona.  He gives the gourds as gifts to non-profit organizations to sell at silent auctions.                                                                                                                                                           
Thank you Rich, for all of your volunteering efforts!

Stats for the Month of June 

  • Students who received Friday Friend bags: 332
  • Students who received Dragon Fuel bags: 130
  • DMARC Food Pantry served: 215 families which = 1,076 individuals
  • Clothes closet served: 159 families
  • Volunteer hours served: 321
  • Donations $2,634.48
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