A NEW HOME FOR HOPE
The Jonnycake Center has embarked on a $1.7 million capital campaign to renovate the former Peace Dale Grammar School into a place where our neighbors can get healthy food and support services under one roof in a safe, welcoming environment.
Thank you to our capital campaign donors to date!
Case for support
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Our Capital Campaign Committee includes South County leaders who are proud to champion this effort. Laurie White Taricani is serving as the Committee Chair. Learn more.
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A NEW HOME FOR HOPE
From disconnected to services under one roof.
Today, our social service team is separate from our food pantry. In our new home social services staff will be co-located with the food pantry, allowing for regular interactions and timely assistance with hundreds of visitors each month. Our goal is to prevent manageable problems from becoming overwhelming obstacles.
From a cramped pantry to functional, smarter shopping.
Today we serve 50 times as many meals as we did when we purchased our main building in 1979, but our food pantry still only accommodates two shoppers at a time. The new Jonnycake Market will have ample room to safely store food and capacity to serve many more shoppers simultaneously.
Space that supports programs.
There is no kitchen to support our popular cooking classes, our offices lack privacy, and there is no space for community gatherings or partnerships. A new demonstration kitchen and community room will provide space for expanding programs and initiatives, as well as workshops and group gatherings.
From inaccessible to accessible for all.
Visitors must enter our main building through a dangerous driveway and climb a steep set of stairs to access our social services, free tax assistance, and more. The new building will be safe and easy to navigate. It will have a ramp and an elevator so visitors will have access to all activities.