The Jonnycake Center has special programs throughout each year. Remember to check for notices when you visit the Food Pantry. For more information on all of our special programs call our Member Services Department at 789-1559 ext. 10.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance
VITA is a free, confidential, and IRS approved tax preparation program for households earning less than $55,000 a year.
Keep more of your money by avoiding expensive tax preparer services and fees for early refunds. You will also be sure to get the tax credits you are entitled to – like the Earned Income Tax Credit. Volunteers will make sure you get the biggest refund possible.
FOOD IS MEDICINE: This four week course will teach participants how to improve their health by preparing plant-based recipes, using extra virgin olive oil. Participants will receive groceries, health screenings, and other goodies! Sign up by calling 789-1559 ext. 10 or stop by our offices at 1231 Kingstown Road to sign up.
Classes will begin again in September.
We understand that even a small crisis can set a household back financially. We now have available a small amount of funds to help our members with short-term financial crises related to housing and utilities. Visit our Member Services Department at 1231 Kingstown Road to learn more.
Fresh Start is a new program that helps our visitors set and reach achievable goals that can put them on a path towards economic security. Participants enjoy an expanded set of services from the Center, including one-on-one motivational coaching; exclusive pantry visits with a volunteer who has a background in nutrition and other “wrap-around” services such as referrals, assistance with one-time expenses related to employment, and more.
Families with children who are under the age of 5 can visit our Lil’ Cakes program once a month and receive diapers and other personal care items for infants and young children.
This program provides school supplies, healthy snacks, toiletries and other items needed by high school students. Students at Narragansett and South Kingstown High Schools can access this program through their school’s student assistance counselor.
Household items and furniture can be obtained at no or low cost from our retail thrift stores in cases of emergencies and special circumstances. Check with our client services coordinator for more information.
Children who participate in the vacation meal program are eligible for back to school supplies in August. Pick up times will be posted in the Food Pantry.