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Pictured: Executive Director of the MLK Heather Hole Strout, donors Nancy and Doug Horsey, and the MLK Hunger Services team ceremoniously cut the ribbon on the new Mobile Food Pantry.
In December, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Community Center cut the ribbon and officially launched their new Mobile Food Pantry, an initiative
made possible due to the generosity of underwriting donors Nancy and Doug Horsey.
With the goal of increasing
access to healthy food, the MLK piloted the Mobile Food Pantry program in 2018,
bringing food, personal care, and household items to low-income housing
complexes across Newport County, where lack of transportation is a common
barrier. The new state-of-the-art vehicle has refrigeration for perishables
likemeat, milk, produce, and
eggs, more storage for pantry items, on-site data collection,
and will allow the MLK to serve even more people in the community.
“We believe that being a
community center means adapting to meet the needs of the community,” said Heather Hole Strout, Executive
Director of the MLK. “We didn’t want to stop at bringing non-perishables out
into the community – we wanted to bring fresh ingredients like meat, milk,
eggs, and produce, too. That’s where the idea for this custom Mobile Food Pantry
came from. We couldn’t have done it without Nancy and Doug Horsey, who really
allowed this dream come to life.”
In 2019, the MLK made over 30 site visits throughout the county
and served over 900 Newport County
residents through the Mobile Food Pantry program alone.
The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Community Center‘s Mobile Food Pantry visits the following Newport County
Middletown: Oxbow Farms
Portsmouth: Quaker Estates
Tiverton: Hancock Estates
Jamestown: Pemberton Apartments
Newport: AHEPA Apartments, Bayside Village, Donovan Manor,
Edgar Court, Festival Field, Parkholm
The new Mobile Food Pantry
will make its first visits in early 2020.
the MLK Community Center:
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
Mission: The Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr. Community Center nourishes, educates, and supports Newport County,
Rhode Island residents to improve their economic and social well-being.
Vision: We build a strong and
united community where all people are empowered to be self-reliant and to live
their best quality of life.
encompass three areas:
Agency goals are
To support the work of the Martin Luther King Center or to learn more, go to: www.mlkccenter.org.