The Food Pantry is MOM's flagship operation. Operating year round, six days per week, we serve over 4,000 people each month, including nearly 2,000 children.
Not only one of the largest in Dane County, the Food Pantry is one of the most progressive pantries because of its unique model. Guests to the Pantry can visit as often as they need, effectively eliminating hunger for anyone in our service area.
MOM proudly partners with Second Harvest Food Bank and Community Action Coalition, and receives support from businesses and foundations throughout the community as well as over 200 volunteers.
In 2015, MOM distributed over 1.3 million pounds of food, equaling over 100,000 pounds of food per month.
Besides MOM's Food Pantry, several other Food Programs (including several gardens) and community collaborations also help end hunger.
Hunger and the threat of homelessness affect all aspects of a child's life. Your financial gift is about so much more than meeting day-to-day needs. It's about giving families - individuals, parents, and kids - the support they need to make it through today and live with hope for the future. Financial gifts of money help support MOM's programs, such as the Food Pantry, Clothing Center, Homelessness Prevention (Housing) programs, Family Stabilization and seasonal programs in the Middleton, West Madison and Cross Plains areas of Wisconsin.
Three years ago, when Hannah arrived at MOM for her first appointment with a case manager, things weren’t going well. If she didn’t make a payment soon, her utilities would be shut off. Hannah knew MOM had a food pantry and clothing center. She hoped she could leave with some bread, milk and maybe warm socks for the winter so she could use her limited resources to make a payment on her utility bill. MOM helped her with those things--and provided her the turning point she needed to be successful.
A little over a year ago, some staff from Culinary Services at UW Health sat down to brainstorm what they could do to make a difference in the community for those suffering from food insecurity and limited food choices. They knew they wanted to partner with an organization reaching these people. Gradually, a plan to began to unfold. In the past year, that plan has continued to grow, their efforts expanding to make an even bigger impact in the community than they could’ve ever envisioned at that first meeting.
A single mother of two children, Brenda was working at a full-time job with benefits when she moved into her apartment. She had a Section 8 voucher to help pay for her housing, and she felt like she was on the road to stability. But when her daycare plans fell through, she missed several days of work—and lost her job. She soon fell behind on rent. When her apartment management started the eviction process, Brenda was scared. She didn’t know where to turn. Then she found out about MOM. MOM helped her spaghetti, avocados, school supplies for her kids--and an advocate to help negotiate with her landlord.
A partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Extension and Willy Street Co-Op is providing MOM clients with new skills and tools to prepare nutritious meals for their families. Thanks to their FoodWIse and Pantries of Plenty (POP) programs more families in our community can enjoy healthy food this winter.
Inspiration to support MOM's mission to End Hunger comes in many forms. Recently, members of the Ashton 4H Go-Getters combined their love for dairy, support for MOM, and honor for Al Ripp, MOM's former Executive Director who passed away in 2017.
Josiah had struggled with mental illness all his life, making maintaining work difficult. Without family in the area, he didn’t have much of a support network. When Josiah came to MOM, he had reached an all-time low. He was out of food, medication—and hope. At MOM, Josiah filled his grocery cart with food. With radishes in his fridge and peanut butter on his shelves, Josiah was able to re-ignite his natural resilience and plot a path out of the dark place he had found himself in.
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