• MLK Community Center

Thompson Middle School partnership,#GivingTuesday thank you, and more

Updated: Dec 11, 2020


Friday, December 4th, 2020


Thanks to your incredible generosity for #GivingTuesday, we far exceeded our goal! Our goal was to raise one dollar for every person the MLK will serve in 2020: 4,786 people, which is the most we've ever served in our near 100-year history. This has been an historic year, so it's fitting and humbling that our neighbors have shown the MLK an historic outpouring of support, too. THANK YOU. And, a special shout-out to our friends at Phoenix Bulk Carriers, who offered up a 2:1 match up to $9,572, which inspired so many to give for the first time, or to give more. (*Match is now closed.)

Thank you for uplifting Newport County. You help us purchase food for neighbors in need; help our children excel; helps neighbors embrace healthy lifestyles, and help seniors avoid isolation. You make our community stronger.


Okay - we know this is a mess, and we promise our back room doesn't look like this for long, thanks to our amazing volunteers. But, we think this does a good job of showing the scale of what we do. Taken before Thanksgiving, the boxes in this photo represent only two days’ worth of donations and purchases to supply our Hunger Services programs. Every day, food arrives at our Loading Dock, is weighed, sorted, and stored, then moves into the Pantry for distribution. Breaking down boxes for recycling is an essential part of our day. It’s not the most fun job, but it’s definitely a necessary one. We're grateful to the volunteers who break down boxes so our staff can do other work.

Santa's Workshop & Holiday Food:

Santa's Helpers are currently busy getting the Center ready for Santa's Workshop and our Holiday food distribution. This year, increased safety measures are being taken to keep clients socially-distanced and to make Santa's Workshop as no-touch as possible.

Thanksgiving Food Distribution:

We're in elf mode now, so it's especially hard to believe Thanksgiving was just a few days ago. This year, your support meant we could provide Thanksgiving turkeys, produce, and all the fixings to 1,385 individuals from 578 families in Newport County.


At the MLK, we strive to meet the needs of the community, especially in these uncertain times. That means collaborating in new ways.

The MLK is providing space for a small group of students from Thompson Middle School to receive distance learning support, from 8 am to 1 pm. The students, grades 5 - 8, were selected by their teachers to receive this extra support, as they've been struggling with distance learning. Three AmeriCorps "Check and Connect" support staff provide one-on-one support and instruction. Breakfast and lunch are delivered by Newport Public Schools.

This program and all students and staff are separated from MLK staff and education programs.

“Since I starting coming to this program, my grades have improved... A LOT. When I was home for distance learning, I was doing nothing but sleeping all day,"remarked one student (not shown)


Calvary United Methodist Church

Thanks to our generous Mobile Food Pantry sponsors, the MLK's Mobile Food Pantry brings non-perishable food, fresh produce, milk, meat, and eggs into Newport County communities where transportation is often a barrier.

Our sponsor for this past Tuesday, December 1st's Mobile Food Pantry at Oxbow Farms in Middletown was Calvary United Methodist Church in Middletown, RI. They are also our generous sponsor for Tuesday, December 15th's Mobile Food Pantry at Park Holm in Newport (12-1:45 pm).

To sponsor a Mobile Food Pantry, click here.

"We are so blessed to be a part of this wonderful ministry," said Pastor Laurie. "Our community is our community together and so let us always be in partnership to serve."

For more information on Calvary United Methodist Church, visit their website:

(Photo taken at Oxbow Farms this past week, after sunset. It gets dark so early these days!)


How is your dinner tonight supporting your community!? With Giusto Newport's "Buy One, Give One" lasagna partnership, you'll have tonight's dinner covered (+ leftovers for lunch!) AND support the MLK Center. For every Mom's Lasagna sold (serves 8-10), they'll donate one to the Center, which will be distributed in our Mobile and on-site Food Pantries. Order online or give them a call for take-out:


The MLK Community Center will be closed Friday, December 25th until the New Year for our winter break. We will reopen on Monday, January 4th, 2021.

  • Grab-n-Go Breakfast Mon-Fri, 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. (Marcus Wheatland Blvd entrance)

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

  • Mobile Food Pantry visits to low-income housing communities

  • Preschool for registered preschool students. Openings currently available for 3 year olds. Contact Tanya by email or by phone: (401) 846-4828 x117

  • After School program for registered students

  • Daily Bread: Mon-Fri at the Marcus Wheatland Blvd entrance

  • On-site food pantry: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Wednesday evenings from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. First Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

  • Veggie Days weekly vegetable distribution outside, Thursdays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. or while supplies last. Now year-round!

  • Grab 'n Go lunches: Every Tuesday and Thursday December 1st - December 24th from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free! Presented in collaboration with McGrath's Clambakes. Menu TBD. Eating on-site not permitted.

  • Stepping Stones mentoring program: Start your journey to food security and overcome the obstacles that might stand in your way with the help of Client Support Specialist, Dezarae. This one-on-one mentoring program is open to any Newport County resident willing to meet (virtually or in-person) twice per month for at least six months, aged 18+, who is struggling with food insecurity. Contact Dezarae via email or call (401) 846-4828 x118

  • 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 across the world. 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. More info

  • Holiday Help: Registration is EXTENDED! Contact Dezarae by email or by phone: (401) 846-4828 x118 or register online. Due to limits on gathering, no drop-in registrations permitted this year.

  • Donations: Donations of non-perishable food, fresh produce, household items, and personal care items are accepted at our loading dock Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Please ring the bell upon arrival. Masks required to donate. A list of our current needs available here; Holiday needs available here

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center

(401) 846-4828

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Asociación de Thompson Middle School, # GivingTuesday gracias y más


Viernes 4 de diciembre de 2020


Gracias a su increíble generosidad por #GivingTuesday, ¡superamos con creces nuestra meta! Nuestro objetivo era recaudar un dólar por cada persona a la que el MLK atenderá en 2020: 4,786 personas, que es lo máximo que hemos servido en nuestros casi 100 años de historia. Este ha sido un año histórico, por lo que es apropiado y humillante que nuestros vecinos también hayan mostrado al MLK una gran cantidad de apoyo histórico. GRACIAS. Y, un agradecimiento especial a nuestros amigos de Phoenix Bulk Carriers, quienes ofrecieron una contrapartida 2: 1 de hasta $ 9,572, lo que inspiró a muchos a donar por primera vez, o dar más. (* El partido ya está cerrado).

Gracias por animar al condado de Newport. Nos ayudas a comprar comida para vecinos necesitados; ayudar a nuestros hijos a sobresalir; ayuda a los vecinos a adoptar estilos de vida saludables y ayuda a las personas mayores a evitar el aislamiento. Haces que nuestra comunidad sea más fuerte.


Bien, sabemos que esto es un desastre y prometemos que nuestra trastienda no se verá así por mucho tiempo, gracias a nuestros increíbles voluntarios. Pero creemos que esto hace un buen trabajo al mostrar la escala de lo que hacemos. Tomadas antes del Día de Acción de Gracias, las cajas en esta foto representan solo dos días de donaciones y compras para abastecer nuestros programas de Servicios contra el Hambre. Todos los días, los alimentos llegan a nuestro muelle de carga, se pesan, clasifican y almacenan,