The MLK Community Center fights hunger, promotes health, educates young and school-aged kids, supports families, and engages seniors all across Newport County, Rhode Island.

We remain open to provide: Grab-n-Go Breakfast every weekday, 7:30 - 8:30; Food2Friends delivery for homebound seniors; Mobile Food Pantry to housing communities across Newport County; A modified on-site food pantry Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (main entrance). We've reduced the time between pantry visits from once a month to every 14 days.

“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. 

4,345 People Served

throughout Newport County, Rhode Island in 2019



People received healthy food


Food deliveries


Breakfasts served


Received nutrition counseling



Preschoolers reading


Students received homework help, hot meals and enrichment activities



INCREASED reading levels over 8 weeks of Summer Camp


Improved their math scores in Summer Camp



People attended cooking

and wellness classes


Seniors attend Lunch & Learn
each month



People received assistance filing their income tax


Children received holiday gifts through Santa's Workshop

With less than 2.5% 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.

In 2019, over 650 volunteers gave over 10,000 hours in service to the MLK

Your gift impacts our clients directly. Your gift helps us purchase food for over 3,348 hungry people; helps children keep up and excel in school; helps local men and women learn new skills and be part of a supportive community; helps neighbors embrace a healthy lifestyle and move forward in their lives.

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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. (Due to COVID-19, in-kind donations are currently not being accepted, for your safety and our staff's safety. We apologize for the inconvenience.) 

Volunteers are crucial to our ability to sustain our vital programming. You are the fuel that helps us continue running. (Due to COVID-19, we have dismissed our volunteers, for their safety and the safety of our staff.) 

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center

20 Dr. Marcus F. Wheatland Blvd.

Newport, RI 02840

Phone: 401-846-4828

Fax: 401-848-7360

EIN: 05-0271882


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Recipient of the Bank of America

2017 Neighborhood Builder award