Rep. Teresa Tanzi (D-Dist. 34) secured a $1,000 legislative grant for the Peace Dale food bank that is stretching to provide resources for South Kingstown's needy this holiday season.
The money will be used to purchase food, said Director Susan Gustaitis, who said that demand for the center’s services has increased significantly in the last few years as the economy has worsened.
“The Johnnycake Center is an incredibly important resource for so many families in our community, and the need now is greater than ever," said Tanzi, who volunteers at the Johnnycake Center, distributing holiday baskets and arranging and picking up produce donations from local farms. "It provides not just food but the kind of fresh, healthy food that is, unfortunately, out of reach for many families and is often hard to get at other pantries. I’m glad to help this vital organization in any way that I can."
The Jonnycake Center provides clients with monthly nutritionally balanced food baskets that contain enough food, including milk, eggs and frozen meats, to prepare three meals a day for an entire week for all household members. It also offers holiday meal baskets and breakfast and lunch during school vacations and summer for the children of clients who qualify for free and reduced-price school lunches. The center also operates a thrift store that generates funding for the pantry and is a source of free clothing and household goods for clients.
For more information on how to donate to the center or to volunteer, call 789-1559 or visit its website.