“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."

due to covid-19:

Community programming is on hold until further notice.

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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 twice-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 the Center at 

(401) 846-4828

Income Tax Assistance

AARP Tax Aide volunteers will be available to provide free income tax preparation on Fridays from 9-12 beginning February 7th. AARP volunteers are certified by the US IRS to prepare most common RI and MA returns for low and moderate-income taxpayers. Other state returns may be prepared, depending on complexity. Refunds are usually received within 2 to 3 weeks after filing. Services are walk-in, with sign up sheets.

Tax preparation services will be provided to clients at the MLK Community Center Fridays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. starting February 7th on a "first come, first served" basis.

Please bring the following items:
- Photo ID
- Copy of last year's return
- Social security card for all dependents
- Income documents (W-2, SSA, 1099, brokerage statements)
- Deduction documents (mortgage, taxes, itemized expenses, IRA contributions)
- Credit information (energy, education, child care}
- Copy of bank check (for direct deposit)
- Other items, as necessary

Flu Shots

Flu Shots are offered every October.

2020 dates & times to be determined.

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.

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 Zumba Class

Fridays 10 am - 11 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


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