A joint appeal from Peter Kiernan and Marilyn Warren.
The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center faces unprecedented need to sustain critical Hunger Services programs through the winter.
“It’s a fact. Hunger hurts. Children can’t learn if their stomachs are growling. Adults can’t find or hold a job if they are hungry. Our entire community suffers when our members don’t have enough to eat.
In 2015, the MLK Center’s Food Pantry distributed 223,617 meals right here in Newport County. Let me repeat that: 223,617 meals in Newport. Eaddo and I find that number staggering and appalling. Do you?
I implore you to dig deep and help the MLK Community Center continue its excellent work fighting hunger. If you do, Eaddo and I will match your gift up to $25,000. I know the generosity of this community. I’m confident you can help the Center quickly meet this goal.
I don’t take my philanthropy lightly and I don’t lend my name unless I mean it. Giving to the MLK Community Center is a good decision. My family and I have spent two decades helping millions of meals get served to the hungry of our wonderful city. Whether it’s the breakfast program, hot meals, the pantry, or Food-2-Friends, the MLK Center always delivers. After decades of direct experience, I trust them.
Hunger is more than a drain on society. It’s a disgrace. I ask you to join Eaddo and me. Together, let’s fight hunger in our beloved Newport community. Please make your gift to the MLK Community Center.”
Peter D. Kiernan, III
“The Kiernans have been great friends of the MLK Community Center for decades. You’ve surely seen the van Peter and Eaddo donated to our Food 2 Friends program driving around town delivering food.
We wish we didn’t need to make this appeal but we do. We receive $7,500 from the City of Newport and $2,500 from the Town of Middletown to provide food and nutrition services to over 2,500 of our neighbors who are hungry. We previously received $2,876 from the State of RI and $14,000 from the federal government, but the federal funds were not awarded in 2016 and Legislative grants have been cut from the state budget. The rest of our funding comes from grants, foundations and donations from people like you.
Your gift does more than put meals on a local family’s table. Your gift sustains nutrition education for children in our Preschool and Afterschool. Your gift ensures the MLK offers nutrition counselling from a registered dietitian for all who need it, regardless of their ability to pay. Your gift will feed nearly 10,000 daily breakfasts. Your gift supports family dinners and wellness programming. And, yes, your gift ensures we have healthy and varied foods on the shelves in the food pantry.
Please give generously so we meet the Kiernan Challenge. We simply cannot sustain our programs without you.”
Marilyn Warren, Executive Director, MLK Community Center
Thank you for working with us to strengthen Newport County.
P.S. Time is of the essence. The MLK Center’s need for support increases over the holiday season. Please make your gift today.