“I started seeing the dietician one-on-one.  She's helping me change how I eat.  I'm losing weight.  I'm so much happier now.  I love coming to the MLK Community Center.  It's added a new dimension to my life."


We believe... all individuals deserve access to programs that improve their well-being and quality of life.

For more information or to schedule an appointment: contact 

Kristin Niessink

Registered Dietitian

at niessink6@aol.com or (401) 368-7614

Nutrition Education and Counseling

The MLK contracts with a Registered Dietitian who is available for one-on-one nutrition counseling free of charge to uninsured or under-insured clients. The dietitian helps choose food that meets dietary restrictions and teaches LivFit cooking classes. All participants leave LivFit with a meal to share with their family. 

Other possible topics include

  • Shopping on a budget

  • Reading food labels

  • Discovering hidden sugars

Community Meals

For information, contact Melanie Sauders, Hunger Services Program Coordinator, at msaunders@mlkccenter.org or (401) 846-4828, ext. 124 to be added to the invitation list.


Or, click on the link below to register.

The MLK is pleased to offer several different monthly meals.


MLK Friends Dinners provide an opportunity for our clients to eat a meal prepared by a local guest chef. The dinners are open to all clients, but all clients must RSVP in advance, so that we can have an accurate headcount.

Lunch & Learn is a monthly lunchtime lecture series for older adults. Speakers from the community offer topics of interest to seniors while a healthy lunch is served. These events are open to the public, but an RSVP is necessary to attend.


The Education Family Dinner is an opportunity for families with children in the education program to get together for a meal prepared by a local guest chef. All families must RSVP in advance, so that we can have an accurate headcount.

Health and Financial Information

For more information, contact Taylor Hennessey, Case Manager, at: thennessey@mlkccenter.org or (401) 846-4828 ext. 118.

SHIP Counseling

Medicare/Medicaid counseling for any member of our community is available through the Senior Health Information Program (SHIP).


If you want to be screened to see if you are eligible for help paying for Medicare costs, or for help signing up for Medicare, please call.

SNAP Counseling

For help with paying for monthly groceries, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) offers a cash card which is recharged every month. For those who qualify it can be a wonderful asset. 

For help applying, contact our Case Manager.

Income Tax Assistance


AARP is pleased to offer free tax preparation for anyone of any age, especially those 50 or older or those who can't afford tax preparation.

2020 dates & times to be determined.

Flu Shots

Flu Shots are offered every October.


This year's clinic will be held on Monday, October 28th from 10 am - 11:30 am

If insured, please bring proof of insurance. Available to adults 18+ only. Please wear sleeveless or loose shirts. Those with egg allergies are not able to participate in this clinic.

Santa's Workshop

For information, please contact Nancy Harten at nharten@mlkccenter.org or

(401) 846-4828 ext. 103.

The holidays are such a special time, but for those who need help supplying toys for their families it can be stressful. Fortunately, with donations from the community, the MLK Center helps to provide needed assistance.


Who is eligible?

Any Newport County resident.

2019 signups begin on September 30th and end on December 6th. Please sign up in person at the Center.

In 2018...



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

Did you know:


The MLK offers fitness classes, free of charge. 

Community Yoga Class

Wednesdays 10:30 am - 11:30 am

...and be sure to join us for

Community Art Class

Thursdays 11:30 am - 12:30 am

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


Recipient of the Bank of America

2017 Neighborhood Builder award

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