COVID-19 OPERATIONS UPDATE

Dear friend of the Jonnycake Center of Westerly,
With the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to reassure you that the Jonnycake Center of Westerly is committed to serving our neighbors facing crisis, and we have adjusted our programming and operations in order to safely feed, serve, and provide for the community. Please find a full Center update below:

Food Pantry:

  • The Food Pantry and Social Services office are open 5 days per week. The hours for both the Pantry and Social Services are:
    • Mondays: 12pm to 3pm
    • Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, & Fridays: 9am to 12pm
    • Saturdays & Sundays: closed
  • The Food Pantry is operating on a modified service model in order to provide as much food for as many clients as possible. Client Choice is temporarily suspended, but we anticipate re-implementing it as soon as we can.
  • The Food Pantry is a distribution point for Westerly Public Schools’ “Grab and Go” breakfast and lunch meal kits, which are distributed from the Aramark van at the rear of the Center. Anyone who has school-age kids at home is invited to participate in this free program by coming to the Food Pantry loading dock between 12pm and 1pm Mondays through Fridays.
  • Unsolicited food donations for the Pantry are temporarily suspended.
  • To register to access the Pantry, please contact Sarah Cote, Social Services Program Director, at scote@jonnycake.org or (401) 377-8069, Extension 110.

Social Services:

  • The Social Services office is staffed and continues to assist clients 5 days per week via phone and email.
  • Some Social Services are temporarily suspended, but we are providing financial assistance as necessary.
  • For general questions about Services, please call (401) 377-8069 and select Option 1.
  • To register for Social Services, or to inquire about financial assistance, please contact Sarah Cote, Social Services Program Director, at scote@jonnycake.org or (401) 377-8069, Extension 110.

Thrift Store:

  • Our Thrift Store has been closed to the public since mid-March. Since then, we have taken advantage of this extended closure to make speedy headway through our large renovation and expansion project. As of this writing, construction is almost finished and we look forward to reopening as soon as safely possible.
  • The Thrift Store recently announced a new “personal shopping service.”
    • Shoppers can browse our virtual shelves on the Center’s Facebook page, then email thriftstore@jonnycake.org with their name and requested item(s).
    • Note: there is a $10 minimum on purchases using this service. For pricing and availability, please email the Thrift Store at the address above.
    • Jonnycake staff will confirm availability, accept payment over the phone, and schedule a time for no-contact pickup.
    • Please DO NOT give your credit card information via email. All payments will be conducted via phone.
  • The Thrift Store also began accepting pre-scheduled, no-contact item donations.
    • We strongly encourage Thrift donors to wait until social distancing guidelines are eased before donating to the Jonnycake Thrift Store.
    • However, if you need to donate more urgently, email thriftdonations@jonnycake.org with your name, a description of the item(s) you’d like to donate, and a preferred window of time to drop off at Jonnycake. We will confirm your email or reach out with questions, if necessary.
    • Unscheduled donations to the Thrift Store are temporarily suspended. Leaving donated items in our entryway (dumping) is never allowed.
    • The Thrift Store cannot accept donated food items intended for the Pantry. All unsolicited food donations are temporarily suspended.

Volunteering:

  • With our facility temporarily closed to the public, we are halting signups for new volunteers.
  • To be added to the volunteering interest list, please email volunteer@jonnycake.org.
  • Volunteers, both current and new, will be contacted for opportunities as soon as possible.

Giving:

  • We have been humbled by an incredible outpouring of community support. With our Thrift Store closed to the public, we have foregone one of our major sources of revenue, so financial contributions are most needed at this time.
  • To contribute financially to the Jonnycake Center of Westerly, and help keep our Food Pantry and Social Services operational, please visit jonnycake.org/donate-2 or call (401) 315-4584.
  • April 1 marked the inaugural “401Gives,” a day of support for Rhode Island’s entire nonprofit community. Generous donors provided over $8,000 in support to the Jonnycake Center of Westerly in one day alone in support of our Food Pantry and Social Services.
  • May 5 was the first-ever #GivingTuesdayNow campaign, raising funds for non-profits worldwide. Generous neighbors gave over $4,000 to Jonnycake in this one day.
  • The United Way of Rhode Island and the Rhode Island Foundation granted Jonnycake $50,000 to continue serving neighbors in need.
  • Additional funding has come from numerous other sources including private and corporate foundations, businesses and individuals – please keep an eye out for additional acknowledgements in the coming days.

As always, thank you for your unwavering support of the Center as we navigate these unfamiliar times. We are doing our utmost to continue serving and feeding the most vulnerable in the community.