"Nobody knows when they are going to need this help.  That's what life's all about. This is what the Martin Luther King Center is for. Don't be afraid to accept help, it's the first step to getting your life back on track."


We believe... everyone deserves access to healthy food.

Food Pantry & Mobile Food Pantry

On-Site Food Pantry Hours


Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 10:00am - 2:00pm

Wednesdays 4:00pm-6:00pm 


The third Saturday of the month

10:00am - 12:00pm

Mobile Food Pantry locations:

Rotates throughout the month 

to neighborhoods like:


Daily Bread:


Monday - Friday 10:00am - 4:00pm

We provide non-perishable food items, frozen meat, fresh produce, bread and household and personal care items to our Newport County neighbors. All clients are eligible to shop once per month.

Things to bring:


  • Photo ID

  • First-time visit: proof of address for all family members, i.e. lease, SNAP letter, etc.

  • Reusable bags


Mobile Food Pantry

Can’t make it to the MLK Community Center’s on-site food pantry? Our mobile food pantry visits neighborhoods across Newport County each month on a rotating schedule. Look for "MFP" on our monthly calendar. You do not need to reside in the neighborhood  to get food from the Mobile Food Pantry. Our mobile pantry provides the same items found in the on-site pantry: non-perishable food, fresh produce, frozen meat, bread, household and personal care items.

Breakfast Program

Monday - Friday 7:30 - 9:00am

The MLK is pleased to serve a nutritious hot Breakfast to anyone in the Newport County community at our Breakfast Program. Take it to-go, or enjoy inside.

Food 2 Friends

If you would like to sign up, please contact Jose Ramos at: 

jramos@MLKCCenter.org or 

(401) 846.4828 EXT 207

This is a monthly service for our home bound neighbors and people who are otherwise unable to come to the MLK's on-site food pantry. If you can't make it to the pantry, the pantry will come to you. 

The folks we serve in Food 2 Friends shop each month through a mail-in order form, and a volunteer shops for them and delivers their groceries to their doorstep.

On-Site Year-Round at the MLK:

Every Thursday 10 am to 1 pm

or while supplies last

First come, first served. Located outside the MLK Community Center.

Newport Heights:

Every Tuesday 10 am - 1 pm

or while supplies last

June - September

First come, first served. Located on W Evans St. in Newport, between Girard Ave and John H. Chafee (behind the Florence Gray Center)

Every Thursday year-round we offer fresh produce free of charge to anyone in Newport County. The weekly inventory varies depending on what we glean from the Aquidneck Grower's Market, what we purchase through a collaboration with Garman Farm, what we receive from the RI Community Food Bank, what is donated from Jamestown Community Farm, and what is donated from our Grow A Row gardeners (community & private gardens).

Produce to the People

Holiday and Thanksgiving Food Program

Registration usually opens in late September.


Please register online or in-person, by appointment only. For more information, call the Center at (401) 846-4828

Click here for Santa's Workshop

The holidays are such a special time, but for those who need help supplying food for their families, it can be stressful. To meet this need, the MLK Center offers holiday meal pantries.


Who is eligible?

Any Newport county resident.

For registration, please bring: 

  • photo ID

  • proof of household for all family members (i.e. lease, SNAP letter, etc.)

  • proof of Newport County address

Please bring reusable bags with you when it is your time to shop! 

In 2021...



Meals served


Grocery deliveries to homebound seniors



Mobile Food Pantry events


Hot breakfasts served