The MLK Community Center nourishes, educates, and supports Newport County, Rhode Island residents to improve their economic, social, and physical well-being.
“I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture of their minds, and dignity, equality, and freedom for their spirits."
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
5,420 People Served
throughout Newport County, Rhode Island in 2021
Grocery deliveries to homebound seniors
Mobile Food Pantry events
Hot breakfasts served
In 2021, the MLK provided $191,964 in scholarships to aid low-income working families.
Children attended preschool, summer camp and after school programs
People participated in English and Spanish cooking classes
Children (age birth-five) received a monthly book from Dolly Parton Imagination Library
Seniors attended twice monthly Lunch & Learn
Children received holiday gifts through Santa's Workshop
Free exercise classes held
With less than 1.4% of our budget coming from government funding, we need your help. Learn how you can support The MLK Community Center with your time and resources.
Your gift impacts our clients directly. Your gift helps us purchase food for almost 5,000 people; helps children keep up and excel in school; helps community members learn new skills and be part of a supportive community; helps neighbors embrace a healthy lifestyle and move forward in their lives.
Donations of non-perishable food, personal care and household items are accepted at our loading dock at
20 Dr. Marcus Wheatland Blvd., Newport, RI
Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Volunteers are crucial to our ability to sustain our vital programming. You are the fuel that helps us continue running.