What’sUpNewp and Caleb & Broad Are Coordinating “100 for $100”, An Effort To Rally Local Business Owners To Help Support and Feed Our Hungry Newport County Neighbors.

This story was originally published on October 1st, it is updated throughout the day to add businesses and a new total.

If ya hadn’t heard, the food pantry at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center (MLK Center) is extremely desperate for donations and food, high demand for food throughout Newport County has left their shelves are empty.

Here’s why we are struggling to feed your hungry Newport County neighbors: We’ve already distributed over 106,000 meals this year. Food donations to the RI Community Food Bank are in decline and what is available lacks variety. That means we’re using cash resources to purchase food we can’t get at the Food Bank.

Seniors, singles, moms, dads and their kids look to us for food year-round. SNAP benefits — for those who qualify — are just that: supplemental. As an example, a single senior receives less than $16.00 per month in nutrition assistance benefits. The MLK Center’s Hunger Services programs are a critically important safety net for our community.

We do not have enough food on hand to last through the next two months. Please, will you help stock our shelves and donate food now?

Following that e-mail from the MLK Center, we believe now is the time for local business owners (us included) to come together and donate as a group of business owners.

What’sUpNewp and Caleb & Broad are kicking off a campaign on October 1st where we are looking for at least 100 other Newport County business owners to pledge a check/donation for at least $100. If they are a restaurant, they can also work with their purveyors/vendors to provide at least $100 in non-perishable food.

Why are checks better? Because it allows the MLK Center to purchase exactly the food that is most urgently needed. As a registered 501(c)(3) corporation, your donation to the MLK Community Center is fully tax-deductible to the extent provided by law.

We as a business community are going to try to hit that goal of 100 between October 1st – October 15th to help OUR community food bank get through the next two months, the holiday season and hopefully the winter. If you know or work for a local business, please ask management or ownership to join this rally!

If you don’t know, the MLK Community Center provides food assistance and nutritional education to anyone in need throughout Newport County. Their Breakfast Program, the only daily meal site in Newport County, provides a nutritious meal for seniors, families, and residents to begin their day. It is open daily from 7:30-8:30 am at the Edwards Street entrance. The Feed a Friend Food Pantry, open from 10am – 2pm.

What’sUpNewp can pick up checks from businesses, you can drop it off on your own or you can reach out to Alyson Novick at the MLK Center at anovick@mlkccenter.org or 401-846-4828 x102. All checks should be made out to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center.

Businesses Who Have Already Pledged: (Follow the Facebook Event for Updates)
(If you’d like to add your business to this list, please e-mail Ryan@whatsupnewp.com or call 401-662-1653)

This is being updated as businesses sign on.

  1. What’s Up Newp
  2. Caleb & Broad
  3.  Style Newport
  4. Kristen Coates
  5.  Lemon and Line
  6.  D.F. Dwyer Insurance Agency
  7.  Jane Pickens Theater & Event Center
  8.  Diego’s Newport
  9.  The Wharf Pub Newport
  10.  Diego’s Bodega
  11. NPT Sportswear
  12.  Admiral Fitzroy Inn
  13.  Embrace Home Loans
  14. The Newport Sweet Shoppe
  15.  Laura Jean
  16. Sardella’s Italian Restaurant
  17. Marina Cafe and Pub
  18.  King Lens
  19.  Executive Charter Services
  20.  Rich Brandariz Team at AnnieMac Mortgage
  21.  Ember ChurchMiddletown
  22.  Franklin And Company
  23.  Anonymous ($500)
  24. Wish Newport
  25. Team One Newport
  26. Athalia of Newport
  27. Fitzpatrick Team
  28. Neville Architecture
  29. Newport Blues Cafe
  30. JF3 Salon & Spa
  31. Elite Auto Repair
  32. The Bodhi Spa
  33. Isoude 
  34. Mahatma Yoga Studio
  35. Al Fresco Composites
  36. newportFILM
  37. Sea Angel Salon
  38. Ryan Medical
  39. Teri Degnan
  40. Artful Lodger
  41. Outradius Designs LLC
  42. Corner Cafe
  43. Mokka Coffeehouse
  44. Francis Malbone House
  45. Tenth Gate Yoga
  46. Ebb & Flow
  47. Drupal Connect
  48. Arch Beauty Salon
  49. Sail Newport
  50. Brian Booth/Booth Parking
  51. Hyatt Regency Newport
  52. Worldways Social Marketing
  53. Parlor Bar & Kitchen
  54. Newport Nautical Supply
  55. International Tennis Hall Of Fame
  56. Anonymous
  57. William Street Properties
  58. Anchor Steam Tattoo
  59. Boru Noodle Bar
  60. Gutterbrush Simple Gutter Guard
  61. Aspire Dermatology
  62. Pink Pineapple
  63. Wag Nation
  64. Making A Scene Productions
  65. Gray Matter Marketing
  66. Newport Hospital
  67. Lou Lou ‘ Decor
  68. RI Waterfront Events
  69. Ben’s Chili Dogs
  70. O’Reilly and Skuncik, Ltd.
  71. Sole Desire
  72. Run Newport
  73. The Flop Up Shop
  74. Harrison & Pike
  75. Seashells In Bloom
  76. 20Eight2 Collaborative
  77. Bite Me Bait
  78. Allens’ Wine & Spirits
  79. OnTheRecordRI.com
  80. Ish Sauze
  81. Hydrangea House Inn
  82. Havener Capital Partners LLC
  83. King Ramseys Bitters
  84. Kind Spirits
  85. Monelle
  86. Warner Realty Group
  87. Innovative Construction
  88. Gordon King/Hogan Associates
  89. Duris Studios
  90. Chef Kyle Stamps, Newport Restaurant Group
  91. Kehew and Vaillancourt Insurance
  92. Bellevue Wine & Spirits
  93. Newport Playhouse
  94. Law Office of Dawn Eur
  95. Towerhill Associates
  96. Spire Space
  97. Marc Allen Fine Clothiers
  98. Sam Durfee House
  99. 6 Square Design
  100. Pour Judgement
  101. BENRUS
  102. ESHRI
  103. Ida’s Restaurant
  104. Shana McDonouth, LCMT
  105. Tresor Estate Sales
  106. Speakeasy Bar & Grill
  107. A-1 Roofing and Construction
  108. Buckley Heating and Cooling
  109. Newport Lamp & Shade Company
  110. Newport Polo
  111. Camden Murphy (Artist)
  112. Joseph J. Nicholson, Jr., Esq.
  113. Newport This Week
  114. Simpatico
  115. Newport Harbor Corp.

Pledged Check Donations: $16,350
Pledged Food Donations: $300

Know a local business owner, ask them to take “The Pledge”. Our neighbors are relying on it.

The Following Businesses Are Also Planning Food Drives:

*Caleb & Broad: October 14 – 23. Receive 5% off of your entire bill (up to 20%) for every canned food you bring in.

*Style Newport: Style Newport is serving as drop off point for people that would like to drop off non-perishable food in Downtown Newport in October. Just pull up in front of the store at 306 Thames Street and they will pick up your bags and bring it to the MLK Center.

*Wish Newport: Canned food drive during month of October,5% off for every canned food item you bring in (up to 20%off)

Many hands make light work, if we can all come together we can really make an impact on this serious need in the Newport County community.

While this effort is to recruit local business owners to come together to help make a difference, anyone can help out this cause by donating canned goods or by making a tax-deductible donation to the MLK Center.

For more information on this 100 for $100 Drive, contact me at Ryan@whatsupnewp.com or call 401-662-1653.

For more information on the MLK Center, visit http://www.mlkccenter.org/.

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What's Up Newp. He was born and raised in Rhode Island and graduated from Coventry High School. He serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and serves on the Board of Directors for Potter League for Animals. Ryan also is currently the Senior Editor - North America for Mountain News, publisher of OnTheSnow. Ryan is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).