Ways to Support: In-Kind Donations

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center relies on donations to keep our crucial community programming up and running. In addition to accepting monetary donations, we also accept in-kind donations of food, personal care items, household items and cleaning products, and toys around the holidays. 
Donations can be dropped off to the Center during our normal business hours:
Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feel free to park your vehicle in our loading dock, ring the bell, and someone will be out to help you. 
Intake Policies: 

As a member agency of the Rhode Island Community Food Bank, we follow a specific set of guidelines that allows us to accept a wide variety of items.

  • Non-perishable dry goods – We can accept expired non-perishable dry goods from the previous calendar year. Items cannot be rusted, opened, or otherwise used.

  • Perishable goods – Produce – We can accept any and all produce.

  • Perishable goods – Meats – We do not accept any perishable meats, frozen or otherwise. The sole exception are turkeys around Thanksgiving. It’s best to contact us to coordinate donations.

  • Perishable goods – Eggs – We can accept farm eggs.

  • Perishable goods – Restaurant surplus – We can receive properly processed food from commercial kitchens provided that it’s “first run.” First run food is food that hasn’t been made available to customers. For example, we cannot accept a tray of food from a buffet line. We can accept a leftover tray of food that wasn’t put out in a buffet line.

  • Toiletries and household items -   We can accept any and all unopened toiletry and household items.


As we can accept such a wide variety of items, so please feel free to contact us about an specific items or unique circumstances:

Ed Crowley, (401) 846-4828 x119


Food Drives – If organizing a food drive, please contact us for specific needs, help, and to coordinate drop-off. 

Current Needs:

All items are welcome but we are in particular need of:

  • Canned protein: SPAM; tuna, salmon, chicken, sardines; small hams; Vienna sausages; beef stew; chili; hash

  • Peanut Butter, Sun Butter, Nut Butters

  • Jams, jellies

  • Cereals, hot and cold

  • Canned fruits

  • Olive Oil, Canola Oil, Peanut Oil 

  • Condiments:  Salad dressing, ketchup, mustard, relish, mayonnaise

  • Canned veggies, esp. beets and spinach

  • Canned/bagged beans:  all kinds

  • Bagged lentils

  • Tomato sauce / canned tomatoes

  • Side dishes: Rice/noodles/mac & cheese

  • Coffee, tea

  • Juices

  • Gluten-free Foods

  • Low salt or no-salt foods

  • Canned Pasta sauce

  • Grains:  100% Whole Grains like Brown Rice, Quinoa, Bulgur, Barley, Rolled Oats, Wild Rice, Whole Wheat/Grain Pasta, Whole Grain Cereal

  • Personal care products:

    • Toothpaste, deodorant, razors, toilet paper, soap, shampoo

  • Household products:

    • Laundry detergent, dish liquid, paper towels

You can make a difference in Newport County!


  • The MLK Community Center’s Food Pantry provided 255,234 meals in 2018 through the Feed a Friend food pantry, Food 2 Friends delivery to the homebound hungry, and Mobile Food Pantry visits across Newport County. The Center’s Hunger Services programs served 3,348 people from 1,615 families last year.


  • The Center’s Breakfast Program, the only daily meal site in Newport County, served 9,998 meals to 264 clients in 2018.

Holiday Needs

Around the time of the holidays, we understand that supplying gifts and putting a festive meal on the table can be stressful for many in our community. The MLK Community Center offers: a Thanksgiving food pantry, where every family will receive a turkey and the fixings for a memorable holiday; a Christmastime/Holiday food pantry, where families can "shop" for a full, festive meal for their unique celebration; and Santa's Workshop, where families can pick from a huge assortment of toys and gifts for their children. But -- we can't provide this much-needed assistance without donations from the community.

Donations of grocery store gift cards in $25 increments 

and monetary donations are always needed. 

Thank You!

Please contact the Center with any questions 
or for more information: (401) 846-4828

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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