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One of the best ways for us to explain the importance of MOM's work to End Hunger and Prevent Homelessness in our community is through your stories, in your own words.  Share your Story.

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Mack's Legacy

Marlene Mack gave an extraordinarily generous gift in honor of her late husband, Ken Mack to MOM. Ken founded Mounds Agri-Service on Highway 14 in Middleton and established the first Mounds Pet Food Warehouse.

Marlene's gift to MOM continues the Mack legacy of strengthening their community by supporting the need for human services. During his life, Ken served on various committees and advisory boards. "His main focus was helping those less fortunate with moral support and financial help," says Marlene."Ken will be remembered for his kind and gentle nature.  His spirit lives on!"

Netech offers helping hand

A hardworking volunteer team led by General Manager Mike Sanders, from Netech Corporation showed up to MOM to help. This great team harvested and cleaned produce from the gardens; cleaned the distribution center; sorted and hung clothing; and sorted school supplies.

Learning to give at a young age

Three families worked together to  collect a whopping 265 pounds of food plus cash donations in their neighborhood near Middleton High School. The Shaws, O'Neills, Helfs, and Scheuffners totalled 15 people with a mission to give back and share an important lesson with their children. These young ones are learning the value of community service at an early age.

HyVee Westgate Innovative Donation Program

HyVee Westgate delivered nearly 3,000 lbs. of food to the MOM Distribution Center on Thursday, May 22. In an innovative support campaign, HyVee Westgate created a program where their customers could purchase bags of food that would then be donated to MOM. These inexpensive bags were filled with items from MOM's top ten wish list

QR Lending Matches Employee Donations

Employees of QR Lending used a great company benefit this past holiday season. Selecting MOM for their contribution they took advantage of the company's easy payroll deduction option combined with a corporate matching of their donations to contribute $1,594 to MOM.

NET is full of pretty awesome people

Every year NET launches an employee-powered, extremely creative fundraiser for Middleton Outreach Ministry - NET's Annual Holiday Food Drive Challenge. It is a testament to building fun, comraderie and internal competitive spirit focused on creating good.

Here's a picture of what they accomplished in just one week! 

WTS Paradigm Makes the Holiday Season a Little Brighter

On December 26, WTS Paradigm announced the completion of their annual food drive for Middleton Outreach Ministry. To quote Abigail Smith, the event coordinator, "It was a HUGE success!"

Buy ReMitts!

100% of your purchase will go to MOM. And thank the retailers where they are sold for carrying them and helping end hunger in their community!

ReMitts is a group of grassroots volunteers who sew mittens out of recycled wool sweaters. The mittens are available in local shops and are free for a donation of thirty dollars or more to a local food pantry. Payment can be made by cash or checks made out directly to the food pantry.

Shurfine Food Centers donates Thanksgiving baskets

Thanks to Shurfine Food Centers and employees of Certco Inc., 350 families and 100 low-income and mobility-challenged area residents received a Thanksgiving basket, so they could enjoy a full thanksgiving meal with all of the fixings.  Pictured - Al Ripp, Executive Director of MOM and Stephanie Pederson, Human Resources Coordinator at Surfine Food Centers. 

TDS helps area food pantries

TDS donated $7,000 to area food pantries this fall, including the Middleton Outreach Ministry. On Oct. 25, Matt Ivens (right) of TDS presented the $1,000 donation to Al Ripp of MOM. Ivens presented $1,000 donation checks to food pantries in Monticello, Monona, Waunakee, Madison, Belleville and Verona.

Meridian Group

Each year the employees of Meridian Group, Inc. have an annual conference at  which they hold an auction for charity.  Meridian takes the proceeds from the auction and donates it to charities at various locations throughout the state of Wisconsin.  The auction this year raised over $5,500 all funded by our generous employees who bid on wonderful items donated by local vendors, with a total of $1,100 to Prevent Homelessness and End Hunger through MOM.  Pictured:  Al Ripp, MOM Executive Director;  Diane Sefcik, Vice President, Kishia Peters, Regional Manager and Josh Dilley, Activity Coordinator, all from Meridian Group, Inc.

Thanks Sophie!

Thanks to Sophie Boorstein, nearly $3,000 was donated to help children in need in lieu of gifts for her Bat Mitzvah celebration. We're thankful for her generous gift and are excited that Sophie is on her way to becoming an involved and thoughtful Community member and advocate for those in need. Thanks, Sophie!

Young Philanthropists

These local kids set up a stand to collect for money for MOM at their local neighborhood BBQ. They weren't selling anything - just asking people to make a contribution to help their neighbors in need. They raised $250! Thanks to these amazing young philanthropists! (From L to R - Megan Anderson, Ellie Brenkman, Bella Brenkman, & Brynn Flanigan)

West Middleton Lutheran Church donates almost 12,000 lbs. of food

The West Middleton Lutheran Church's month-long food drive raised more than $2,000 and 380 pounds of food. Miller's Grocery provided a discount on the food purchased. In total, their donation was the equivalent of almost 12,000 pounds of food. 

The church focused their food drive on financial donations. Volunteers designed a display in the entry of the church that illustrated how much more $25 can buy a family in need at Second Harvest versus purchasing them having to go directly to a grocery.

Pictured here are (l-r) Betty Casey, Kim Smythe, Sue Gmur, Al Ripp (MOM Director), Cheri Farha (MOM Distrubtion Center Manager) and Margaret Kraemer

A Heartfelt Thank You

In her own words, Gwen talks about how MOM was able to help her and her family when times were tough. Now graduated, nationally certified  as a Surgical Technologist and working for two Madison area hospitals, she is grateful to be able to give back to the community.

Tell Us your Story

What's your story?  Has your life been affected by MOM's work in the community?  Did poverty affect your life in a surprising way?  Do you donate to MOM in a unique way or would you be willing to tell us why you make it a priority to give back to your community?

One of the best ways for us to explain the importance of MOM's work to End Hunger and Prevent Homelessness in our community is to hear and share your stories, in your own words.


  It's hard to recognize those in need. 45% of people served by our food pantry are Children.

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