Updates from the MLK (4/3/20)
HOW WE'VE HELPED THE COMMUNITY SO FAR
Since the crisis began, the MLK has remained open to provide daily breakfast and a modified food pantry three times per week, with a core group of full-time staff. (The Center’s dedicated volunteers are not working now for their and staff’s safety.) Those in need can visit the pantry every 14 days. As of April 1st, the MLK has provided food to over 1,500 people in 13 business days; 330 of whom are new, first-time clients of the Center. To put that into broader context: the Center has served over 35% of the all the Hunger Services clients served in 2019, in just less than 3 weeks. Thank you to everyone who has donated to help sustain our work.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and our weekday Breakfast Program has taken increased precautions to remain up and running! The MLK’s Breakfast Program is serving up more than just a grab-n-go meal with items like granola bar, protein (peanut butter pack), hard boiled egg, muffin, fruit, yogurt, coffee, and a sandwich for later: it provides fellowship in these uncertain times. Our Breakfast Program serves the most vulnerable in our community under normal circumstances but has seen increased participation throughout the COVID-19 crisis, serving 25 clients each weekday morning.
NEWPORT DAILY NEWS
Thank you to The Newport Daily News for highlighting what we're doing during this time of increased uncertainty. We are here for Newport County ❤️
PELL ELEMENTARY PARADE We challenge you not to smile! Escorted by Newport Police Department, Newport Public Schools third grade Pell Elementary School teachers paraded around the City yesterday, April 2nd, spreading encouragement for home bound students (and for all of us!). We miss our kids so much.
SWING INTO SPRING...NOT THIS YEAR
Swing into Spring, scheduled to take place on Friday, April 24th at the Atlantic Resort at Wyndham Newport Hotel in Middletown, has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
We're so grateful to all the Swing into Spring sponsors and donors who have designated their support into emergency funding for the Center’s COVID-19 response, including purchasing food, fresh fruits and vegetables, milk, and supplies to keep the Food Pantry, Mobile Food Pantry, and Food2Friends grocery delivery programs up and running.
Thank you to everyone who has donated to the MLK Community Center during this time of unprecedented need. If you have the capacity to help at this time: monetary donations are the best way to help. Your support helps purchase food to sustain our essential services.