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What Should I Donate?
The Jonnycake Center will have volunteers at a collection drop off station at the Washington County Fairgrounds.  Voluntary donations include canned goods, non-perishable food items, clean & warm clothing, and cash donations.  Seasonal food items that are most needed at this time are Thanksgiving items, such as gravy, stuffing, quick bread mix, pie crusts and fillings, evaporated milk, cranberry sauce, and canned vegetables.  Items that are needed all year round are tuna/other canned meats, peanut butter and jelly, macaroni and cheese, spaghetti and sauce, soups, stews and chili, canned vegetables & fruits, 100% fruit juice (cans, boxes, bottles), cereal, and “sugar free,” “low sodium,” and “no salt” items.  Personal care items can even help!  This includes shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, diapers, detergent, deodorant, toilet paper and paper towels. 

Our Partnership with the Jonnycake Center
Kenyon's Grist Mill and the Jonnycake Center have been working together since 2009.  It has been a wonderful partnership.  The Johnny Cake Festival and the Jonnycake Center have very similar goals.  During the 2013 Johnny Cake Festival on October 19 & 20, the Jonnycake Center collected 290 pounds of food and 355 pounds of clothing.  In addition, $230.43 cash was received.  During the 2012 Johnny Cake Festival on October 20 & 21, they collected 586 pounds of food and 375 pounds of clothing.  They also collected about $500.  In 2011 and beyond, festival admission was a food and/or clothing donation.  At the 2011 Harvest/Johnny Cake Festival, the Jonnycake Center collected 645 pounds of food and a considerable amount of clothing.  They also collected a substantial amount of cash.  During the 2010 Harvest Festival, the Jonnycake Center collected 2,917 pounds of food and 500 pounds of clothing.  During the 2010 Summer Festival, 1,242 pounds of food and 800 pounds of clothing were collected.  Every item helps and stays right here in our community. 

About the Jonnycake Center
The Jonnycake Center of Peace Dale, Rhode Island quotes, "The mission of the Jonnycake Center of Peace Dale is to improve the quality of life for individuals and families by providing comprehensive assistance to those in need of food, clothing, and household items and through individual and systemic advocacy for our clients.  The Jonnycake Center was founded in 1973 by a group of four women who saw a need for an agency that could help people who might not qualify for support through established agencies.  They named it after Jonnycake Meal, a basic necessity in colonial days, because their goal was to provide basic necessities for local people in need.  The Center was operated from a store front in Wakefield before moving to our present location at the rotary in Peace Dale."  To learn more about this amazing non-profit organization, visit their website here.

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