• MLK Community Center

Programming Changes at the MLK Community Center

Updated: Jul 29, 2020

Beginning this coming Monday, March 16th, the MLK Community Center has made some changes to regularly scheduled programming, following the Governor’s most recent COVID-19 safety precautions.

FOOD PANTRY: Clients may come to the Center on pantry days to receive a bagged selection of 1 week’s worth of groceries. Pantry hours are Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Wednesday evenings 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

BREAKFAST: Our Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. breakfast program will be moved to a bagged meal, distributed at the Edward St. entrance.

COMMUNITY PROGRAMS: All community programming is cancelled, at least through the coming week. This includes LivFit, Community Art Class, Zumba, the Potter League Vet Clinic, Tuesday’s Lunch & Learn, and AARP Tax Prep.

PRESCHOOL: Our preschool will remain open, as usual.

AFTERSCHOOL: The MLK Community Center is offering 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. care for students currently enrolled in our Afterschool program for next week, 3/16 - 3/20, while Newport schools are closed. Parents may sign up during pick-up today, or call/email Jeanine at (401) 846-4828 or

MEAL DISTRIBUTION: Newport Public Schools and their food provider, Chartwells, will be providing grab & go meals for any families who are interested. Boxes will consist of a breakfast and lunch and will be available from 12 pm - 1 pm. Begins Monday, March 16th; available Monday - Friday. Available at the MLK Center or in front of Pell Elementary School.

If you or your child are experiencing flu-like symptoms and/or have a fever, please stay home.

For more information on COVID-19, please see the Rhode Island Department of Health's website:

We know this is a challenging and anxious time for our community. But, we know how strong Newport County is. We'll get through this, together!

For any questions about MLK programs, please call the Center: (401) 846-4828

We are open today (3/13) until 5 o’clock & will reopen on Monday, 3/16.

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