The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center relies on donations to keep our crucial community programming up and running. In addition to accepting monetary donations, we also accept in-kind donations of food, personal care items, household items and cleaning products, and toys and gift cards around the holidays. If you would like to give a monetary donation that goes directly to hunger relief, please click here.
Donations can be delivered during our normal business hours:
Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m
Due to renovations, we are currently receiving donations at our temporary food pantry located
directly across the street from our Center at 20 Dr. Marcus F Wheatland Blvd.
As a member agency of the Rhode Island Community Food Bank, we follow a specific set of guidelines that allows us to accept a wide variety of items.
Non-perishable dry goods – We can accept expired non-perishable dry goods from the previous calendar year. Items cannot be rusted, opened, or otherwise used.
Perishable goods – Produce – We can accept any and all produce.
Perishable goods – Meats – We do not accept any perishable meats, frozen or otherwise. The sole exception are turkeys around Thanksgiving. It’s best to contact us to coordinate donations.
Perishable goods – Eggs – We can accept farm eggs.
Perishable goods – Restaurant surplus – We can receive properly processed food from commercial kitchens provided that it’s “first run.” First run food is food that hasn’t been made available to customers. For example, we cannot accept a tray of food from a buffet line. We can accept a leftover tray of food that wasn’t put out in a buffet line.
Toiletries and household items – We can accept any and all unopened toiletry and household items.
As we can accept such a wide variety of items, so please feel free to contact us about an specific items or unique circumstances: Ed Crowley, (401) 846-4828 x119
All items are welcome but we are always in particular need of:
SPAM; tuna, salmon, chicken, sardines; small hams; Vienna sausages; beef stew; chili; hash
Peanut Butter, Sun Butter, Nut Butters
Cereals, hot and cold
Olive Oil, Canola Oil, Peanut Oil
Salad dressing, ketchup, mustard, relish, mayonnaise
Canned veggies, esp. beets and spinach
Canned/bagged beans: all kinds
Tomato sauce / canned tomatoes
Side dishes: Rice/noodles/mac & cheese
Low salt or no-salt foods
Canned Pasta sauce
100% Whole Grains like Brown Rice, Quinoa, Bulgur, Barley, Rolled Oats, Wild Rice, Whole Wheat/Grain Pasta, Whole Grain Cereal
International foods (Non-perishable)
Personal care products
Toothpaste, deodorant, razors, toilet paper, soap, shampoo
Laundry detergent, dish liquid, paper towel