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.
“I can’t tell you how often MOM is on my mind and how much I appreciated the help you gave me at one of the worst times of my life. It’s really tough on the psyche when you literally don’t have even one thing in your kitchen cupboards or refrigerator.” These are the words we recently heard from Carol, a former client of MOM. Read Carol's story here.
When Janet’s husband passed away, it was hard not to let fear take over. In her 70s and now widowed, Janet didn’t know how she was going to make ends meet. Janet felt alone. Coming to MOM helped Janet fill her pantry with a supply of canned goods and helped her connect with neighbors who could help with a few chores. It also gave her the courage she needed to make it through difficult times.
Both Amira and Ayden worked. The pay wasn’t great for either of them, but they managed. They lived in a small but tidy apartment with their daughter and paid all their bills on time. Then a medical setback threw a wrench in everything. MOM helped them get nutritious food such as fresh, juicy oranges. Even more importantly, it offered them the opportunity to get a new start.
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.
In 2014, a manager from Future Foam, a producer of high-quality materials for homes ranging from premium carpet cushions to mattress toppers and pillows, met with MOM staff and explained that the leadership of Future Foam wanted to promote volunteerism among its workforce and was anxious to get involved in volunteering at MOM. Since that meeting, Future Foam has demonstrated this commitment by being a consistent supporter of MOM.
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