7/22/22 Centennial Hunger Challenge


🥫=💰Double Your Donation in the Centennial Hunger Challenge

Friday, July 22, 2022

Centennial Hunger Challenge
July 22 – August 22 (Or Until We Reach Our Goal!)

Centennial Hunger Challenge
With rising costs for food, gas, rent, and almost everything else, more people are using the pantry than ever before. Thanks to a generous friend, we have a chance to double the impact of your donation. For every dollar or pound of food you give, they will match it with another dollar. Help us meet the challenge by August 22, or sooner!
Drop off food at our pantry Monday – Friday from 8:30 am – 5 pm and mention this campaign or make a monetary donation here:

LivFit Cooking Class
Healthy and Flavorful Cooking for the Whole Family

These are just some of the friendly faces you will see if you join the
LivFit Cooking
class offered
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-6 p.m
This program is really changing the lives of the participants thanks to our wonderful, registered dietician, Kristin Niessink, who not only shows the class how to cook the ingredients but explains why certain foods are healthy, how to shop for the best ingredients, and more. She is also available for nutrition counseling regardless of your ability to pay.
If you are interested in joining the class or have questions about counseling,
contact Kristin at:
(401) 368-7614

Felicidad Llamas
has been coming to the class for a year and it has helped to bring her whole family together. “Every weekend I cook for my grand kids and they love it. I share all the recipes with my daughters to cook at home too” she explained. It is so convenient for her and most recipes are all veggies so she is saving a lot of money too.

Olivia DeOliveirva
says she loves the flavors and simple seasonings. “I really like the healthy recipes; everything is so fresh!” she shared. They recently made a chicken, tomato, brown rice, quinoa and arugula salad that has become one of her favorite recipes.

Bernie Leduc
is 75 years old and started coming a year ago to learn how to cook. This class has really impacted his health. In the first month he lost 10 pounds and his cholesterol has gone down. He now cooks and shares food with his neighbors

Alison Cooper
has been coming to the class for four years now and still really enjoys it. She likes to help other participants when they need it. “I’ve enjoyed just about everything we’ve tried but bean burgers are one of my favorite recipes.” She is also thankful to Kristin who will go shopping with students to teach them to better understand food labels.

Veronica Letric Nancy and Jerreck Maldonado
Veronica Letric, Jerreck and Nancy Maldonado

Veronica Letric
started coming to the class just six months ago. She enjoys cooking and sometimes remakes the meals at home. She really likes that it has helped her to shop better too.
Nancy Maldonado and her son Jerreck
(who is also a MLK camper) have been coming to the class for 3 years. She has enjoyed it so much, she made an entire book of recipes and remakes meals all the time at home. “I love everything we do, especially meals with chicken and broccoli” she was happy to share.

Bok choy stir fry with chicken meatballs, peppers, and pineapples

MLK Friends Dinner, Next Wednesday, Prepared By
Our Executive Director, Heather Hole Strout and the Hole Family

MLK Friends Dinner
Preschool Registration Now Open
Only 7 Spaces Left for 3 Year Olds

The Preschool at the MLK is an affordable licensed educational program for children 3-5 years of age.
Currently, there are only 7 spaces still available in our 3 year old group
. Children must be toilet-trained in order to attend.
Open: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily
Cost: $170 for 5 days; $136 for 4 days; $102 for 3 days.
Department of Human Service (“DHS”) childcare subsidies are accepted.

Scholarships are available for families with demonstrated need.
All are encouraged to apply.
Our program helped develop the RI Early Childhood Education Standards and was designated a Preschool Center of Excellence by the national Early Learning Reading First Program.

For more information, please contact:
Tanya Gonzalez, Education Director
(401) 846-4828 x117

Another a Fun Week at Summer Camp!
Week 4: July 18-22

Ocean Side Walk
Above campers are enjoying a rest during a walk along Ocean Drive.

STEAM project
During this team building activity, campers worked to draw a picture by spinning and moving a marker using non-verbal communication skills.

Campers enjoyed a fun, interactive experience at
Biomes Marine Biology Center
this week. They were able to see and touch horseshoe crabs, rays, a variety of shells, and a huge sulcata tortoise.

Biomes 5
Biomes 7
Biomes 4
Biomes 1
Tickets Now Available for Our Centennial Celebration
Don’t Miss the Party of the Century

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 Centennial Celebration
Presented by
and the
Aramli Foundation
Thursday, September 8, 2022
5:30 – 9:30 pm
Fort Adams State Park
Food Stations from McGrath Clambakes and Catering
Dancing to renowned World Premier Band
Fire Pits | Lawn Games | Drinks (2 tix provided) | Ages 18+
Tickets: $100, $50, $0
Thanks to our generous sponsors, we are able to offer tiered ticket pricing for those who need it. Pay what you can.

This is a fun, casual-dress party on the North Lawn. 
It’s NOT a fundraiser. Please don’t let money stop you from attending.

Produce to the People
Free Produce Available to All

Just a reminder that Produce to the People is available to anyone in Newport County.

Produce To The People Schedule
Year-Round Job Opportunities at MLK: Join Our Team!

We are now accepting applications for:
Lead Preschool Teacher
Preschool Assistant Teacher
Summer Camp Counselor 21+
If you or someone you know wants to join our team, please visit our website to learn more about each role and how to apply.

Online registration is open
for Zumba, “Toning in ’22,” Yoga, Lunch & Learn, and Sabores Latinos online! With this system, you can conveniently register, reschedule, and cancel appointments at your convenience. We suggest you make an account for easy account management (after you sign up, it will prompt you).
If you aren’t able to register online, you are always able to contact Mel
via email
or by phone to register: (401) 846-4828 x124.
Facebook Groups: 
Check out our two private Facebook groups: one group for 
Parents & Families of MLK Students
, and one group for 
MLK Community Center Volunteers

Please join the conversation! 
  • Breakfast:
     Mon – Fri,
    7:30 – 9:00 am
    . Grab & go, or dine-in. 
    (Edward St. entrance)
  • Food Pantry:
     Mon, Wed, Fri 10 am – 2 pm; Wed evenings 4 pm – 6 pm
  • Food 2 Friends
     delivery for homebound seniors. 
    Contact Jose
     for more info
  • Mobile Food Pantry
    delivers food
    to communities throughout Newport County.
  • Daily Bread
    : Bread and other baked goods available free of charge Mon – Fri at the Marcus Wheatland Blvd entrance, while supplies last
  • Produce to the People
    weekly vegetable distribution on Tuesdays at Newport Heights 11am-1pm; the MLK Center, Thursdays 10 am to 1 pm or while supplies last; Fridays at Oxbow Farms, Middletown 11am – 1pm
  • Grab & Go Lunch

    Every Tuesday and Thursday
     from 11:30 am to 1 pm. Free! Rotating menu
  • Preschool 
    for registered students. DHS accepted & generous scholarships available. 
    Contact Tanya by 
    or by phone: (401) 846-4828 x117. 
  • After School 
    program for registered elementary school students. DHS accepted & generous scholarships available. 
    Contact Jeanine by 
     or by phone: (401) 846-4828 x209
  • LEAD – Peer Group for LGBTQQ+ Youth
    : On 
    Wednesdays at 3 pm
    , LGBTQQ+ youth are invited to join the LEAD Youth Peer Group at the MLK 
    (L.E.A.D. = Love, Equity, Acceptance, and Dreams).
     No RSVP necessary. 
    Please contact Mel with any questions: 
    or call (401) 846-4828 x124.
  • Yoga Class
    : Yoga is offered at the Center every Tuesday and Friday at
    8:30 am

    All skill levels & all community members welcome! 
     or with Mel: 
     or call (401) 846-4828 x124
  • Toning in ’22 Fitness Class
    : Every Wednesday at 8:30 am, t
    his full-body workout aims to improve balance, bone health, flexibility, and strength of participants in a safe, welcoming, and fun environment. All skill-levels & all community members welcome. 
     or with Mel: 
     or call (401) 846-4828 x124
  • Zumba Fitness Class
    : Every Monday morning at 8:30 am. All skill levels & all community members welcome. 
     or with Mel: 
     or call (401) 846-4828 x124. 
  • Free, Safe, and Confidential HIV & Hep C Testing
    : Get 
    tested for HIV & Hep C at the MLK
     by appointment every 2nd and 3rd Thursday of the month from 12 – 2 pm.
    This program is held in a confidential, private setting, separated from other Center programming. Participants are welcome to enter through the Center’s Edward St entrance, where someone from 
     will meet you at your appointment time. 
    To make an appointment: Call or 
    email APRI
    : (401) 831-5522
  • Sabores Latinos
    Todos los lunes a las 5 de la tarde, los que hablan español están invitados a Sabores Latinos, el club de cocinar de MLK ofrecido en español. Los participantes exploran recetas de todo el mundo latino, cocinan junto al instructor y se llevan a casa una comida para compartir con sus familias. Todos los que hablan español están invitados a atender y compartir.
    (401) 846-4828. 
  • LivFit Cooking & Nutrition
    : Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5 pm. to approximately 6 pm. Participants explore healthy, low-cost recipes using ingredients commonly found in the food pantry. Participants cook alongside the instructor, take home a meal for their families, and learn a new recipe. 
    RSVPs required with Kristin via 
    or text 
    (401) 368-7614
  • Lunch & Learn
     Registered seniors can enjoy a hearty meal, socialization, and a fun activity or informative speaker every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month at 12 pm. 
     or via 

    or call (401) 846-4828
  • 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 all across Newport County. 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. 
    Registration & more info
  • Food Pantry Donations:
     We accept donations of non-perishable food, fresh produce, household cleaning and personal care items at our loading dock Mon – Fri 8:30 am – 5:00 pm. Please ring the bell upon arrival.

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