The MLK Community Center nourishes, educates, and supports Newport County, Rhode Island residents to improve their economic, social, and physical well-being.

Food Pantry Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10 am - 2 pm; Wednesday evenings 4 pm - 6 pm. 1st Saturday of the month: 10 am - 2 pm 

Program & Event Schedule

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“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. 

4,998 People Served

throughout Newport County, Rhode Island in 2020

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People received healthy food


Food deliveries



Mobile Food Pantry events


Breakfasts served

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In 2020, the MLK provided more Education scholarships to families than ever before so that parents could get back to work when it was safe to do so.



Children attended After School,

which also provided full-day distance learning care at no additional cost  


Children attended Preschool

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People attended socially-distant cooking & wellness classes


Students served through Dolly Parton's Imagination Library


Seniors attended socially-distant Lunch & Learn


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.

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.

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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. 

Volunteers are crucial to our ability to sustain our vital programming. You are the fuel that helps us continue running. 

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