• MLK Community Center

Seedlings started? 🌱 Will you grow a row for the MLK?

Updated: Apr 21


Friday, April 16, 2021


If it grows here, we can use it!

Okay - we know some parts of Rhode Island woke up to snow this morning, but we promise: summer is on its way! Whether you have a fenced-in plot of land, a container garden on the porch, or raised beds, as you plan your garden for the warmer days ahead, could you grow a row, or a plant or two, for the MLK?

When every dollar spent is a well thought-out choice, fresh fruits and vegetables can be a luxury. How much do you spend on produce? If we estimate a full day's worth of fruits and veggies costs around $4, and multiply that by 7 days, produce costs about $28 per person, per week. If you multiply that by 4 for a family of four, that's about $112 per week, just for produce alone.

If there's one thing we know here at the MLK, it's that everyone deserves - and wants - healthy food. Our Produce to the People program (formerly known as Veggie Days), offers fresh produce free of cost to anyone in the community. It's one of our most popular programs. Before we open for the day during the height of the growing season, the line for Produce to the People wraps around the block.

Thanks to generous community support, the Center now offers produce year-round through the Mobile Food Pantry, on-site Food Pantry, Food 2 Friends pantry delivery service, and Produce to the People. Over 4,800 people last year looked to the MLK for fresh produce. Given this increased demand for fruits & veggies, we're recruiting the help of the community. Can you help bring produce to the people!?

Tomatoes and cukes are wonderful, but if you'd like to branch out, don't shy away from the colorful and unconventional. Are you known for your fennel, radishes, or hot peppers? Purple kale, eggplant, okra? Kohlrabi, collard greens, mustard greens, melon, elderberries, cranberries, pawpaws -- the more variety you can offer our diverse clientele, the better!

How does your garden grow? We'd love to see photos of your garden throughout the growing season! You're welcome to email them along to us directly, or tag us on social media: @NewportMLK.

When you're in full bloom, we're happy to accept any and all produce donations Monday - Friday, 8 am to 5 pm at our loading dock. Thank you!


Collaborations are what community is all about! Thanks to a collaboration between the Newport Art Museum, Fab Newport, Newport HEZ, Newport Solar, and local creatives Nycole Marvelous, Elizabeth Woodhouse, Rex LeBeau, and Omega Art, 100 free art kits are being distributed to kiddos in our After School program, and through our Mobile Food Pantry. The kits include sketchbooks, watercolor pencils, coloring pages designed by Nycole Marvelous and Jy-Tique Harris, a collage activity inspired by a Newport Art Museum collection, and a free admission pass for 2 adults to visit the Museum (kids are always free!). Newport Solar matched the Museum's donations and helped to make these kits possible. Especially since so much of our kids' lives are virtual these days, we are especially grateful for these art kits that will stretch kids' creative muscles -- no screentime required.


Anyone 18+ who identifies as Black, Indigenous, Latino/Hispanic/Latinx, or a person of color (BIPOC) - if that's you and you would like COVID vaccine this weekend in Providence at the Dunkin Donuts Center, fill out this online form ASAP.

Please share with anyone who may be interested! (*The web form contains Spanish translations.)

Support Newport County, Support the MLK


Schedule of all events

  • Grab & Go Breakfast Mon-Fri, 7:30 - 8:30 am. (Marcus Wheatland Blvd entrance)

  • Food Pantry: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 am to 2 pm and Wednesday evenings from 4 pm to 6 pm; first Saturday of each month from 10 am to 12 pm

  • Food 2 Friends delivery for homebound seniors. Contact Ed for more info

  • Mobile Food Pantry visits to low-income housing communities. Schedule

  • Daily Bread: Mon-Fri at the Marcus Wheatland Blvd entrance, while supplies last

  • AARP Tax Prep: Taxes will be prepared virtually (no in-person appointments) at the Edward King House, 401-846-7426 or the Portsmouth Senior Center, 401-683-4106.

  • Produce to the People weekly vegetable distribution, Thursdays 10 am to 1 pm or while supplies last.

  • Grab & Go lunches: Every Tuesday and Thursday from 11:30 am to 1 pm. Free! Presented in collaboration with McGrath's Clambakes & Catering. Menu TBD. Eating on-site not permitted. Main Entrance on Marcus Wheatland Blvd

  • Grab & Go Community Dinner: Thursday, April 22nd from 5 pm to 6 pm. Free! Menu TBD. Eating on-site not permitted. Main Entrance on Marcus Wheatland Blvd

  • Grab & Go Surf & Turf Lunch, presented by BedJet and the Aramli Foundation: Wednesday, May 5th from 11:30 am to 1 pm. While supplies last! Free of cost. Eating on-site not permitted. More information to follow

  • Free, Confidential HIV / Hep C Testing: Thursday, May 6th from 12 pm to 2 pm at the MLK Community Center. Presented in partnership with AIDS Project RI. To make an appointment, call (401) 831-5522 or email More information to follow.

  • CURRENT OPENINGS: Preschool for registered students. DHS accepted & generous scholarships available. Openings available for 3 year olds. Contact Tanya by email or by phone: (401) 846-4828 x117

  • CURRENT OPENINGS: After School program for registered elementary school students. DHS accepted & generous scholarships available. Contact Jeanine by email or by phone: (401) 846-4828 x209

  • NOW ENROLLING: Summer Adventure Camp: Offered June 28 - August 20, 2021 Monday - Friday, 8 am to 4 pm for registered campers. Rising 1st through 5th graders eligible. Campers enjoy daily field trips around Aquidneck Island, and make & maintain academic strides in math, literacy, science, & more through daily lesson plans. DHS accepted & generous scholarships available. Contact Jeanine by email or by phone: (401) 846-4828 x209

  • NEW DATE ADDED: SafeSitter Babysitting Safety Course: This free class, presented by LifeSpan, will introduce aspiring babysitters ages 11-14 to essential babysitting safety guidelines, including first aid, CPR, sitter safety, and more. Wednesday, June 30th, 8:45 am - 2:30 pm. Space is limited, so reserve your child's spot ASAP: Jeanette Nessett, LifeSpan: email or call (401) 444-8088.

  • Yoga Class: Yoga class is now offered at the Center every Tuesday morning at 9 am. All skill levels welcome. Masks required & space is limited. RSVP with Mel: email or call (401) 846-4828 x124. Starting in May, Yoga will be offered twice weekly: Tuesday and Friday mornings at 8 am!

  • Toning in '21 Fitness Class: Every Wednesday at 8:30 am, this full-body workout aims to improve balance, bone health, flexibility, and strength of participants in a safe, welcoming, and fun environment. All skill-levels welcome. Masks required & space limited. RSVP with Mel: email or call (401) 846-4828 x124

  • Zumba Fitness Class: Every Thursday morning at 8:30 am. All skill levels welcome. Masks required & space is limited. RSVP with Mel: email or call (401) 846-4828 x124

  • "Unwind:" Knitting & Crochet Group: Stop by the MLK Center every Friday at 10 am for camaraderie while you craft and/or to receive some instruction & pointers. All skill levels welcome. Masks required & space is limited. RSVP with Mel: email or call (401) 846-4828 x124

  • LivFit Cooking & Nutrition: Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5 pm. to approximately 6 pm. Participants explore healthy, low-cost recipes using ingredients commonly found in the food pantry. Participants cook alongside the instructor, take home a meal for their families, and learn a new recipe. RSVPs required with Kristin via email or text (401) 368-7614.

  • Sabores Latinos: Beginning in May, this cooking class will be offered completely in Spanish! On alternating Mondays from 5 to 6 pm, Carmen Foy will demonstrate on creative ways to cook plant-based foods, and Yolanda (Yoli) Macias will focus on cultural foods from Latin America. Participants cook alongside the instructor, take home a meal for their families, and learn a new recipe. More details to follow!

  • Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, presented by the Bazarsky Family Foundation in partnership with the MLK Community Center, puts books into the hands and hearts of children all across Newport County. They partner with local communities to mail a hand-selected, age-appropriate, high-quality book each month to registered children from birth to age five, completely free of cost & regardless of family income. Registration & more info

  • Food Pantry Donations: We accept donations of non-perishable food, fresh produce, household cleaning and personal care items at our loading dock Mon-Fri 8:30 am – 5:00 pm. Please ring the bell upon arrival. Masks required to donate. A list of our current needs available here.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center

(401) 846-4828

No temenos la capacidad de traducir cada entrada del blog a español porque usamos una herramienta de traducción en el internet. Por favor, disculpe cualquier error gramática. Por favor, llame al Centro si tiene alguna pregunta.

Comenzaron las plántulas? 🌱 ¿Crecerás una fila para el MLK?


Viernes, 16 de abril de 2021

CRECE UNA FILA para que podamos ofrecer PRODUCE A LA GENTE

Si crece aquí, ¡podemos usarlo!

De acuerdo, sabemos que algunas partes de Rhode Island se despertaron con nieve esta mañana, pero lo prometemos: ¡el verano está en camino! Ya sea que tenga una parcela de tierra cercada, un jardín de contenedores en el porche o camas elevadas, mientras planifica su jardín para los días más cálidos que se avecinan, ¿podría cultivar una hilera o una planta o dos para el MLK?

Cuando cada dólar gastado es una elección bien pensada, las frutas y verduras frescas pueden ser un lujo. ¿Cuánto gasta en productos agrícolas? Si estimamos que el valor de un día completo de frutas y verduras cuesta alrededor de $ 4, y lo multiplicamos por 7 días, el producto cuesta alrededor de $ 28 por persona, por semana. Si multiplica eso por 4 para una familia de cuatro, eso es alrededor de $ 112 por semana, solo para productos ag