HOW TO GET FOOD
FOOD PANTRY OPERATIONS ARE MODIFIED FOR THE SAFETY OF CLIENTS AND STAFF.
The information below is presented for reference purposes.
On Monday, April 30th 2018 the Jonnycake Center changed our Pantry model to full client choice. This means that our clients will now have the choice to come into the pantry and shop for themselves with the assistance of a volunteer. They can of course choose to have the volunteers shop for them if that’s what they prefer! Guests to the pantry will continue to check in at Social Services as done previously, and then come to the pantry. Our Pantry services are still offered on a monthly basis to our clients.
Qualified residents of the towns of Charlestown, Hopkinton, Richmond and Westerly, Rhode Island may receive a one week supply of food for each member of the household every thirty days. Food baskets contain enough food for 21 meals per person – three meals per day for seven days. Food items include milk, eggs, cheese, meat, bread, assorted produce, and a variety of non-perishable groceries.
The Rhode Island Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is available to eligible individuals and families in need of food assistance. Call our Social Services Department at 401-377-8069 ext 101 to learn how to apply.
Power Pack Program
Our weekend backpack program, Power Pack, started in February 2016 as a pilot program in one elementary school serving six families and less than 20 children. As of the end of the 2016-2017 school year, our weekend Power Pack program served 40 families with 115 children across 3 local elementary schools. Nutritious Power Pack grocery bags are packed with enough weekend meals for all school aged children within a family, not just those in the elementary schools . We provide breakfast, lunch, and snacks on weekends to help bridge the gap for students receiving free/reduced lunch during the school week.
The Summer Program Looking to Alleviate Student Hunger (SPLASH) runs during the summer months and over school vacations in order to ensure that students who receive free or reduced breakfast and lunch at school do not miss those meals when they are home. Eligible families living in Westerly, Hopkinton, Charlestown or Richmond are encouraged to sign up through the Jonnycake Center Social Services Department. Groceries are available for pick-up the week prior to vacations, or weekly during the summer.
Thanksgiving Dinner Basket
Current clients can sign up for a Thanksgiving meal basket which includes a turkey and all the trimmings for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. The baskets are distributed on the Saturday before Thanksgiving.
Christmas Dinner Basket
Current clients can sign up for a Christmas meal basket which includes a turkey and all the trimmings for a traditional Christmas dinner. Distribution of the meal baskets begins in mid-December.