Helping Our Struggling Neighbors

Special Programs

The Jonnycake Center has special programs throughout each year. Remember to check for notices when you visit the Food Pantry.

Cooking Classes

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 be held July 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th at 5:00 pm at our food pantry, located at 1183B Kingstown Road, Peace Dale.

NUTRITIOUS NATIVE DISHES:  This three-week cooking series is focused on healthy ways to prepare native dishes. Loren Spears, executive director of the Tomaquag Museum, will weave together food demonstrations with a talk on the history of hunting, fishing, and other indigenous agricultural and cultural practices. Classes are free and open to the public and people of all ages.  Classes will be outside at the Unitarian Universalist Church at 27 North Road, Peace Dale from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.   June 29th – Johnnycakes, healthy toppings; July 6th – Succotash, healthy alternatives; July 13th – Quahog Chowder, a healthy base. If you are interested, please RSVP to, call 789-1559 ext. 10 or visit the Thundermist Health Center front desk, 1 River Street, Wakefield.

Financial Assistance

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

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.

Lil Cakeslil cakes

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.

Jonny’s Locker

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

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.

Back-to-School Suppliesschool supplies

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.