• MLK Community Center

Life here is a struggle for Vincent, and so many others in Newport County.

Updated: Jul 29, 2020

Above: Lunch & Learn, a monthly program that provides a nutritious meal and engages seniors in our community.

Vincent is a veteran fallen on tough times. Unable to keep his part time job after a serious fall, he visited the Food Pantry for the first time last month. He’d been rationing his meals so he could feed his cat. He’s amazed to find groceries, produce, household items … and pet food at the MLK.

Together, we’ve helped thousands.

But, so many more people need your help.

21% of Newport’s children live in poverty (RI Kids Count 2019 Factbook). Renters need to earn more than $70,000 per year to afford the average 2-bedroom rent in Newport of $1,753 per month (HousingWorks RI 2018 Factbook). Nearly 4,000 local people – families, seniors, children – look to the MLK Community Center for help putting food on their tables, for high quality children’s education programs, for enriching and empowering health and wellness programs. Compared to last year, hundreds more people have already looked to the Center to improve their lives.

When you give, you help the Mobile Food Pantry visit neighborhoods across the county, including Jamestown. You help deliver food to a homebound senior in Tiverton. When you give, you help a Portsmouth family over the holidays. You help a Newport homeless woman have a hot breakfast. You help a Middletown family send their child to Preschool. When you give, you help people all around you. 

If you don’t help, who will?

Please make your tax-deductible gift today.

Donate Today

Give by December 31st, 2019 and DOUBLE YOUR IMPACT!

A special group of friends including Eileen and Walter Jachna, Zulekha and Steve Ludwig, George W. Emerson, III, and The Point Association of Newport, RI will double your gift!

They will match your donation up to a total of $45,000, if received by December 31st.

Double Your Impact

Board of Trustees

Rose M. Hyder, President 

Eilish FitzGerald Clarkson, Vice President 

Kim Bullock, Co-Secretary

John Rok, Co-Secretary 

John L. Burke, Treasurer 

Elizabeth Alofsin 

Gail Alofsin 

Kelly M. Doern 

Matthew Gray 

Elizabeth Gugliotta

Judy Hall

Rebecca Knapp LeBlanc 

Elizabeth Phelps 

David D. Schuller 

Whitney C. Slade 

John P. Sullivan 

Kathleen Taddei 

Executive Director

Heather Hole Strout

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