2015-08-13 / From The Garden

Fresh Veggies at the MLK Pantry


The partnership with local farmers now allows the MLK Center to offer fresh produce to its clients. The partnership with local farmers now allows the MLK Center to offer fresh produce to its clients. Newport County residents seeking fresh vegetables to help feed their families are invited to participate in the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center's Veggie Distribution Program. An assortment of vegetables is available every Tuesday, from 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Registration is not required for the Tuesday distribution. The program will run through the end of the growing season, at least through September. Participants are welcome to take as much produce as they can use and are urged to bring their own bags.

Fresh and local produce is also available for clients who use the MLK Community Center's Food Pantry, along with a variety of nonperishable food, household and personal care items. The pantry is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. and Wednesday evening from 4 - 6:30 p.m. Registration is required to use the pantry. Clients must bring photo identification and proof of residency and are asked to bring their own bags.

Both programs are free of charge.

"We're delighted to offer an abundance of fresh produce," said Executive Director Marilyn Warren. "Thanks to our partners at Rhode Island Community Food Bank, Farm Fresh Rhode Island, Jamestown Community Farm, Methodist Community Gardens and more, we're helping to move our clients from hunger to health."

A community resource since 1922, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center's innovative programs for the diverse residents of Newport County provide hunger relief, educational and community support with dignity, safety, and respect. For more information about the veggie program, food pantry or the center, visit mlkccenter.org or call 401-846-4828.

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