The MLK Community Center nourishes, educates, and supports Newport County, Rhode Island residents to improve their economic, social, and physical well-being.
“I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture of their minds, and dignity, equality, and freedom for their spirits."
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
4,998 People Served
throughout Newport County, Rhode Island in 2020
People received healthy food
Mobile Food Pantry events
In 2020, the MLK provided more Education scholarships to families than ever before so that parents could get back to work when it was safe to do so.
Children attended After School,
which also provided full-day distance learning care at no additional cost
Children attended Preschool
People attended socially-distant cooking & wellness classes
Students served through Dolly Parton's Imagination Library
Seniors attended socially-distant Lunch & Learn
Children received holiday gifts through Santa's Workshop
With less than 2.5% of our budget coming from government funding, we need your help. Learn how you can support The MLK Community Center with your time and resources.
Your gift impacts our clients directly. Your gift helps us purchase food for almost 5,000 people; helps children keep up and excel in school; helps community members learn new skills and be part of a supportive community; helps neighbors embrace a healthy lifestyle and move forward in their lives.
Donations of non-perishable food, personal care and household items are accepted at our loading dock at
20 Dr. Marcus Wheatland Blvd., Newport, RI
Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Volunteers are crucial to our ability to sustain our vital programming. You are the fuel that helps us continue running.