“I know that pennies in to the MLK come out as dollars, as hungry people fed and as children who go to kindergarten with the skills to be ready to learn and a strong educational foundation.”

MLK Donor

Founded in 1922 and renamed honoring Dr. King in 1968, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center is a central service provider for at-risk individuals, families, and seniors. An independent nonprofit, the MLK Community Center fights hunger, promotes health, educates young and school-aged kids, supports families, and engages seniors.


We nourish, educate, and support Newport County residents to improve their economic, social, and physical well-being. 


We build a strong and inclusive community where all people are empowered to be self-reliant and to live their best quality of life. 


Programs encompass three areas:

  • Hunger Prevention and Nutrition

  • Early Childhood and Extended Learning Time Education

  • Community Support Programs



Agency goals are to:

  • Reduce hunger through our food pantry, daily meal program, and home food delivery. 

  • Increase health through agency-wide access to a Registered Dietitian, nutrition education, fitness and wellness programming, and other engaging programs.

  • Offer high-performing educational programs for children while holistically supporting the needs of their parents and families.  






  • We are flexible and creative in addressing our clients' needs, providing high-quality, best practice programming.

Respect and Compassion

  • We treat all people fairly, equitably, and compassionately.

Wise Stewardship

  • We make decisions responsibly, caring for our resources to ensure the long term best interests of our community and our mission.


  • We are committed to partnerships to help better serve those in the greatest need and to strengthen us as an organization.


  • We believe a nurturing, educational environment can lift children and adults from poverty and open the door to community.


  • We support our clients to make choices that improve their health and well-being.

Client testimonial

"My experiences at the MLK Community Center have given me emotional stability. I know, I really know, it will be okay.  I've gotten stronger because of the support I've received from the Center."

"The MLK Community Center was there when I lost my job and helped me feed my family. I am once again employed and thankful for the MLK."