"Nobody knows when they are going to need this help. That's what life's all about. This is what the Martin Luther King Center is for. Don't be afraid to accept help, it's the first step to getting your life back on track."
We believe... everyone deserves access to healthy food.
Food Pantry & Mobile Food Pantry
On-Site Food Pantry Hours:
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 10:00am - 2:00pm
The first Saturday of the month
10:00am - 12:00pm
Mobile Food Pantry Hours:
Monday - Friday 10:00am - 4:00pm
We provide non-perishable food items, frozen meat, fresh produce, bread and household and personal care items to our Newport County neighbors. All clients are eligible to shop once per month.
Things to bring:
First-time visit: proof of address for all family members, i.e. lease, SNAP letter, etc.
Mobile Food Pantry
Can’t make it to the MLK Community Center’s on-site food pantry? Visit our mobile food pantry, at the Park Holm Senior Center on the fourth Friday of every month and at other rotating locations. The MLK Community Center’s mobile pantry provides non-perishable food items, fresh produce, bread, household and personal care items to our Newport County neighbors.
Monday - Friday 7:30 - 8:30am
The MLK is pleased to serve a nutritious hot Breakfast to anyone in the Newport County community at our Breakfast Program. Take it to-go, or enjoy inside.
Food 2 Friends
If you would like to sign up, please contact Ed Crowley at:
(401) 846-4828 x119
This is a monthly service for our home bound neighbors and people who are otherwise unable to come to the MLK's on-site food pantry. If you can't make it to the pantry, the pantry will come to you.
The folks we serve in Food 2 Friends shop each month through a mail-in order form, and a volunteer shops for them and delivers their groceries to their doorstep.
On-Site at the MLK:
Every Thursday 10 am to 1 pm
or while supplies last
First come, first served. Located outside the MLK Community Center.
Every Tuesday 10 am - 1 pm
or while supplies last
June - September
First come, first served. Located on W Evans St. in Newport, between Girard Ave and John H. Chafee (behind the Florence Gray Center)
Formerly "Veggie Days"
Every Thursday during the growing season, we offer fresh produce free of charge to anyone in Newport County. The weekly inventory varies depending on what we glean from the Aquidneck Grower's Market, what we purchase through a collaboration with German Farm, what we receive from the RI Community Food Bank, what is donated from Jamestown Community Farm, and what is donated from our Grow A Row gardeners (community & private gardens).
Produce to the People
Holiday Food Program
Registration usually opens in late September.
Please register online or in-person, by appointment only. For more information, call the Center at (401) 846-4828
The holidays are such a special time, but for those who need help supplying food for their families, it can be stressful. To meet this need, the MLK Center offers holiday meal pantries.
Who is eligible?
Any Newport county resident.
For registration, please bring:
proof of household for all family members (i.e. lease, SNAP letter, etc.)
proof of Newport County address
Please bring reusable bags with you when it is your time to shop!