• August 6th - Back to School Clinic in Johnston


Kids eat for free! No registration! No paperwork!

We always need volunteers for the Summer Food Service provided through Johnston Community School District. Meals are served to all children without charge from Monday through Friday.  Lunches are served from Thursday June 6 to Wednesday August 14. Plus, on Fridays at Sterling Point and Chapel Ridge sacks of food will be available for the children to take home for the weekend. If you'd like to volunteer at any of the following locations, sign-up here.

Chapel Ridge Apartment Complex

6200 Clark Lane Johnston IA 50131
12:30pm – 1:00pm

Sterling Point Apartment Complex

10509 Dorset Drive, Johnston IA 50131
11:15am – 11:45am

Meredith Site

5128 Meredith Drive, Des Moines IA 50310
12:00pm – 1:00pm


The Back to School Health and Resource Clinic will be on August 6th from 3-7pm.  Families of JCSD students that need help are invited to attend this FREE back to school event to help ensure their children are ready to start school in August. Services available include: physicals, lead screenings, immunizations (only for uninsured & Medicaid), vision checks, dental checks, free haircuts (3-4:30 pm.), school registrations, free/reduced lunch applications, and connections with area/district resources. 

For more information, please contact Johnston Community Education at 515-278-0552 or the Johnston Partnership at 515-868-1357.

We’ll need more than 80 volunteers to help this event run smoothly.  Sign up here for a station and a shift. Each assignment will note if it is Silver Cord eligible or not. Please contact Andrea with any questions

We will also be collecting and distributing school supplies. Last year we provided supplies to almost 300 students at this event and figure we’ll do just as much if not more! Supply list is below:


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The Des Moines Area Religious Council, or DMARC, is an interfaith organization that operates a Food Pantry Network in the Des Moines area. DMARC partners with organizations across the metro area to provide them with food free of charge and manages a common database system. They operate a centralized warehouse to bring food in from donors and wholesalers and send food out to their partner pantries, such as the Johnston Partnership.  DMARC and the Johnston Partnership are both partners of Food Bank of Iowa, and work together in a system where each organization plays a unique and specific role.

Currently, more than 34000 people annually are served through the DMARC Food Pantry Network and other services that they offer. The work of DMARC continues through the generosity of DMARC members and other faith congregations, as well as countless individuals, businesses, civic organizations and groups from public, private and non-profit sectors.  DMARC also receives government funding through The Partnership for a Hunger-Free Polk County as well a small amount from FEMA. There are three churches in the Johnston area that belong to DMARC: First Baptist Church of Greater Des Moines, St. Paul Presbyterian Church, and St. James Lutheran Church.

DMARC has been a constant support system for the Johnston Partnership over the years.  In 2017, DMARC supplied over $34,000 worth of food and other supplies to the Johnston Partnership. Out of 14 DMARC partner food pantries, Johnston Partnership Place is the 7th busiest pantry, assisting around 900 individuals every month. DMARC guarantees a three-day supply of food for every household who visits the pantry each calendar month, free of charge. Other food items are also available as AnyTime Items for pantry visitors, but those items are not guaranteed.

The Des Moines Area Religious Council is always in need of donations of healthy food, volunteers, community advocates to raise the issue of food insecurity in their communities and continued expansion of their food recovery program. Individuals can view opportunities and sign up to volunteer at DMARC at Should an organization wish to support DMARC’s Food Pantry Network, they are happy to share options, such as hosting a special competitive food drive (folks LOVE doing it for Iowa’s “super bowl” the Iowa-Iowa State game), supporting their signature event, or hosting a drive for a special need, such as diapers.


Stats for the Month of June

    June of 2019  
Families Served 314
Individuals Served 1,501
Food Pantry Items Distributed 11,593
Clothing Distributed 3,506 items
Volunteer Hours 420
Donations $2,841

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)
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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