• MLK Community Center

ACTION ALERT 🔔 ReStock to ReOpen the Food Pantry

Updated: Sep 21, 2020


Friday, August 7th, 2020

ACTION ALERT 🔔 ReStock to ReOpen the Food Pantry

THE BACKGROUND: Throughout 20 long weeks of service during the COVID-19 pandemic, the MLK Community Center distributed prebagged groceries rather than hosting our normal Client Choice Food Pantry. At the same time, we were not accepting food donations from the public, for everyone's safety. Starting in the month of August, the MLK has moved to the “next normal:” the Food Pantry is once again open for clients to choose the foods they prefer, and donations of non-perishable food, fresh produce, personal care and household items will once again be accepted. THE MATCH: To inspire community giving to “Restock to Re-Open” the Food Pantry, a generous local couple is providing a $50,000 Matching Challenge! They will donate $50,000 if the MLK can raise that amount in combined cash and food donations. Donations will be matched dollar for dollar (or matched at $1 per pound of donated food, personal care, and household items) for the next 30 days, or until the match is met

HOW TO HELP: To have your donation count toward the match, do one (or more!) of the following:  · Donate online here and select the “ReStock to ReOpen Matching Challenge” in the optional dropdown.  · Checks can be made out to “MLKCC” and mailed to 20 Dr. Marcus Wheatland Blvd, Newport, RI 02840. Please note “ReStock Matching Challenge” in the Memo line. · Donations of food and other items are accepted at our loading dock Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. We follow strict safety guidelines as outlined by the Rhode Island Department of Health, so masks are required. When you arrive, please note that your donation is for the “ReStock Matching Challenge” to meet the match. A list of our urgent needs is available here.


We need your help to reach $50,000 in dollars or pounds, which means we need your help to spread the word! Share the image (right) to your Facebook, Instagram, Twitter (even LinkedIn!) and link to our website so your friends can learn more and make their contributions:

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