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The MLK isn't alone: Sobering news inside...

Updated: Nov 14


Sobering news: The MLK isn't alone

Sometimes we read something so powerful we must share it with our readers. Please check out this article. If you've been reading the news or social media in the last few months then you're no stranger to discussions about how the supply chain is affecting consumer products. But do you know what else it's affecting? Supply chain disruptions are impacting hunger relief organizations across the country just like the MLK. Increasing requests for food as the pandemic drags on, coupled with rising fuel and food costs make it more challenging than ever to keep our food pantry shelves filled, so we can keep helping people in our community. Remember our plea for donations of cranberry sauce? Well, that's just one of many items increasingly tough to come by due to these supply issues. Whether it's labor shortages, disruptions or costs, food insecurity is bigger than just one organization–– it impacts all of us. Remember, it's because of people like you that the MLK provided over 700,000 meals to our community last year. Now more than ever, we need your help to continue serving Newport County. Photo Shown: A volunteer escorts a woman through the food pantry CREDIT: Kate Whitney Lucey Photography

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Last call: The Center's Thanksgiving meal pantry is next week

As of this Wednesday,487 families are registered for the MLK's Thanksgiving food distribution to receive all the holiday ingredients to prepare the holiday meal in their homes, and celebrate and share a good meal with their loved ones. If you need holiday help this year, there's still time, but please hurry. Register for Thanksgiving food distribution by Monday, November 15. Photo shown: Thanksgiving distribution, 2020.

Important Dates: Mon. 11/15 –– Last call for Thanksgiving Distribution registration Wed. 11/17 + Thurs. 11/18 –– Distribution Days for registered families

“They made me feel good about myself. They made you feel welcome, not needy.”

lene* visited the Oxbow Mobile Food Pantry on an overcast and cool November Tuesday. Right in her own neighborhood, she was able to choose what she needed from a wide assortment of items: nonperishable groceries, frozen ground beef, tilapia, whole chickens and pulled pork, bread, milk, eggs and yogurt, personal care items like shampoo and toothpaste and soap, three different types of fresh fruit and six different types of fresh veggies. As the team of two staff, one intern, and three volunteers were packing up, and putting the racks and coolers back on the truck, Ilene walked across the parking lot. Holding a pad and a pen, she approached the team and asked “Who can I talk to that’s in charge at the Center?...” The team looked at each other, concerned that something was wrong, until they noticed her grin. “I just want to be sure I tell someone what it was like coming here….Everyone was so helpful and made me feel welcome. Sometimes people criticize people like me who need the help. The man that took me through [the racks of groceries] made me feel like I didn’t have to be embarrassed for needing to come here, and that it was okay to get help.” She carefully noted the name and the phone number of the Executive Director, and the name of each person working at the Mobile Food Pantry. Ilene called the Center later that day, commending each person by name. “They made me feel cared for,” she said about the Mobile Food Pantry crew. “They made me feel good about myself. They made you feel welcome, not needy.” The MLK is all about inclusion and making sure that our clients receive the help they need in a safe, welcoming environment. We absolutely love hearing stories like these, and we love sharing them with our community because once again, none of this would be possible without your help! *Name changed to protect privacy

Worry not! Guatemalan Worry Dolls bring diversity and inclusion to Santa's Workshop

While Christmas (and all the other wonderful holidays) might still be a few weeks away, we couldn't wait to share these amazing handcrafted dolls made for our Santa's Workshop at the Center. Made by a special volunteer and friend of the Center, these amazing gifts represent intention and respect for the diverse people we serve. Not seeing the connection? Well, don't be shy, look a little bit closer! You'll notice that many of these dolls have vibrant, multicolored head wraps and striped skirts. These are the maker’s version of Guatemalan Worry Dolls. Many of are clients are originally from Guatemala and we’re thrilled to offer dolls that are culturally relevant for our families. (Awesome, right?!) Though Santa's Workshop won't be held until December 15 - December 17, we just couldn't help but share these cute little dolls.

FOOD PANTRY FEATURE: We still need cranberry sauce!

Due to supply chain restraints, cranberry sauce has been especially hard to come by this holiday season. Can you imagine Thanksgiving without cranberry sauce? We can't either. If you're able to donate cans of cran, we would really appreciate it. Drop off your donations at our Loading Dock Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.

Starting your holiday shopping? Get a Newport Restaurant Group: gift card and support the MLK!

Once again Newport Restaurant Group's (NRG) annual holiday gift card sale benefits local hunger relief organizations like the MLK. From our friends at NRG: "There are many in our community where food and nutritional insecurity is an everyday struggle. Born from our employee-owner’s desire to support the greater good, the Newport Restaurant Group proudly donates $2 for every gift card order sold to local food banks and area non-profits committed to building a sustainable and local food supply for those in need." For more info, please visit NRG's website at this link

Support Newport County, Support the MLK

HERE TO HELP View all: Google Calendar / Facebook events Online registration is open: You can now register for Zumba, "Toning in '21," Yoga, Lunch & Learn, and Sabores Latinos online! With this system, you can conveniently register, reschedule, and cancel appointments at your convenience. We suggest you make an account for easy account management (after you sign up, it will prompt you). If you aren't able to register online, you are always able to contact Mel via email or by phone to register: (401) 846-4828. Facebook Groups: We've recently opened two private Facebook groups: one group for Parents & Families of MLK Students, and one group for MLK Community Center Volunteers. Please join the conversation!

  • Breakfast: Mon - Fri, 7:30 - 8:30 am. Grab & go, or dine-in. (Edward St. 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 - 12 pm.

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

  • Mobile Food Pantry visits to communities throughout Newport County. Schedule

  • Daily Bread: Bread and other baked goods available free of charge Mon-Fri at the Marcus Wheatland Blvd entrance, while supplies last

  • Produce to the People (formerly Veggie Days): weekly vegetable distribution at the MLK Center, Thursdays 10 am to 1 pm or while supplies last.

  • Grab & Go Lunch: Every Tuesday and Thursday from 11:30 am to 1 pm. Sponsored by Blount Fine Foods. Free! Rotating menu.

  • Preschool for registered students. DHS accepted & scholarships available. Contact Tanya by email or by phone: (401) 846-4828 x117.

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

  • LEAD - Peer Group for LGBTQQ+ Youth: On Wednesdays at 3 pm, LGBTQQ+ youth are invited to join the LEAD Youth Peer Group at the MLK (L.E.A.D. = Love, Equity, Acceptance, and Dreams). No RSVP necessary. Please contact Mirasia at the Center with any questions: via email or call (401) 846-4828 x201.

  • Vine & Fig –– Socially-conscious book club for teens: Starting on November 9, 2021, Vine & Fig will dive into historical fiction and nonfiction texts with an emphasis on safe-space discussions and support for any teen in the Newport County area. Please contact Melanie Saunders by email ( or phone (401-846-4828 ext. 124) for more information.

  • Yoga Class: Yoga is offered at the Center every Tuesday and (NEW!) Friday morning at 8 am. All skill levels & all community members welcome! RSVP online or with Mel: email or call (401) 846-4828 x124.

  • 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 & all community members welcome. RSVP online or with Mel: email or call (401) 846-4828 x124.

  • Zumba Fitness Class: Every Monday morning at 8:30 am. All skill levels & all community members welcome. RSVP online or with Mel: email or call (401) 846-4828 x124.

  • Free, Safe and Confidential HIV & Hep C Testing: Get tested for HIV & Hep C at the MLK by appointment every 2nd and 3rd Thursday of the month from 12 - 2 pm. This program is held in a confidential, private setting, separated from other Center programming. Participants are welcome to enter through the Center's Edward St entrance, where someone from APRI will meet you at your appointment time. To make an appointment: Call or email APRI: (401) 831-5522

  • Sabores Latinos: Every Monday at 5 pm, Spanish speakers are invited to join Yoli and friends for Sabores Latinos, the MLK's cooking class offered en Español. Participants will explore recipes from around the Latin world, cook alongside the instructor, and take home a meal to share with their families. All Spanish speakers are invited to attend. Spanish speakers are invited to attend. Please RSVP online or via email or call (401) 846-4828.

  • 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.

  • Lunch & Learn, Registered seniors can enjoy a hearty meal, socialization, and a fun activity or informative speaker every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month at 12 pm. RSVP with Mel: email or call (401) 846-4828 x124.

  • 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.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center (401) 846-4828

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El MLK no está solo: noticias aleccionadoras por dentro ...


Viernes, 12 de noviembre de 2021

Noticias aleccionadoras: el MLK no está solo

A veces leemos algo tan poderoso que debemos compartirlo con nuestros lectores. Consulte este artículo.

Si ha estado leyendo las noticias o las redes sociales en los últimos meses, entonces no es ajeno a las discusiones sobre cómo la cadena de suministro está afectando a los productos de consumo.

¿Pero sabes qué más está afectando? Las interrupciones de la cadena de suministro están afectando a las organizaciones de alivio del hambre en todo el país, al igual que MLK. El aumento de las solicitudes de alimentos a medida que avanza la pandemia, junto con el aumento de los costos de combustible y alimentos, hace que sea más difícil que nunca mantener llenos los estantes de nuestra despensa de alimentos, para que podamos seguir ayudando a las personas en nuestra comunidad.

¿Recuerda nuestro pedido de donaciones de salsa de arándanos? Bueno, ese es solo uno de los muchos artículos cada vez más difíciles de conseguir debido a estos problemas de suministro.

Ya sea que se trate de escasez de mano de obra, interrupciones o costos, la inseguridad alimentaria es más grande que una sola organización: nos afecta a todos.