The MLK Community Center is honored to receive a $45,000 grant from the Wal-Mart Foundation’s State Giving Program to support our Hunger Services programs.
In response to the critical need to reduce food insecurity and hunger in our service area, The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center has added new protective strategies to our existing food programs. For Breakfast Program clients who may be homeless, we offer backpacks of healthy food to supplement their daily access to nutrition. For Feed a Friend Food Pantry clients, we have partnered with Farm Fresh RI to offer a Dietitian once a week from July – October to increase nutrition education and to also increase the supply of fresh, seasonal produce to families in our Education Programs. We also have a Registered Dietitian who has had a two year relationship with the MLK and its clients who is available once a week to escort clients through the pantry, providing nutrition information and cooking tips, as well as offering 1-1 counseling. The Dietitian has increased nutrition education in children’s programs by including Preschool children, giving weekly cooking workshops for parents, and leading bi-monthly Family Dinners and senior Lunch & Learns. In partnership with 9 social service agencies and 7 houses of worship,the Food 2 Friends program brings a client choice food pantry to homebound seniors and individuals with disabilities.
All together, we expect these enhanced program strategies to offer greater supports to our at-risk clients, these services would not be possible without the support of the many individuals, businesses, houses of worship, schools, and funders. We are deeply indebted to the Wal-Mart Foundation, who is the major funder for our Hunger Services programs.