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Recycled Materials Have New Uses at MOM
01 Mar

Recycled Materials Have New Uses at MOM

Community means an eclectic group of individuals sharing common interests and attitudes. MOM is filled with a wonderfully broad spectrum of volunteers, giving us both balance and diversity. The many uses we've gotten out of some unique donated material demonstrates this. Ideas are typically born with one question, "What might I do," and this project started the same way.

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Ashton 4H Group Donates Dairy Products to MOM
01 Mar

Ashton 4H Group Donates Dairy Products to MOM

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.

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Former MOM Employee Makes a Difference in Her Community
31 Jan

Former MOM Employee Makes a Difference in Her Community

We are excited to share that MOM has nominated Maureen Berghoefer, retired MOM Seniors Program Manager, for the Cross Plains Outstanding Citizen/Volunteer of the Year. Through her work with MOM and other organizations, Maureen is an example of how one person can make a significant difference in their community.

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Building Games from Food to Help MOM
29 Jan

Building Games from Food to Help MOM

Looking for a way to do some team building while also giving back to the community? If so, Sketchworks Architecture recently tried out a fun way to donate food to those in need that your business or other group might want to try.

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UW Health Chefs Share Crockpot Recipes at MOM
29 Jan

UW Health Chefs Share Crockpot Recipes at MOM

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.

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TDS Employee Honors MOM as He Retires
23 Jan

TDS Employee Honors MOM as He Retires

As Paul Harrison got ready to retire after a long and productive career at TDS Telecommunications LLC, he knew he wanted to mark the end of his career with something meaningful. So he asked his fellow TDS employees to make a donation to MOM in lieu of giving him a retirement party.

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MOM’s Food Pantry: A Saving Grace for Families
20 Jan

MOM’s Food Pantry: A Saving Grace for Families

Parents want their kids to feel safe, happy and loved. They want to make sure they always have their basic needs met. So imagine what it feels like to not know if you’ll have enough money at the end of the month to buy food for your kids. Imagine what it feels like to worry that your children are going to go hungry. That was a very real worry to Shannon—until she found MOM. Here’s Shannon’s experience.

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Star Wars Food Drive Benefits Families
19 Jan

Star Wars Food Drive Benefits Families

Thanks to Fairway Independent Mortgage for hosting a creative and fun food drive to benefit MOM and help feed families in our community. The event, a Star Wars movie morning, was designed as a way to show appreciation to their clients. Owner Mike and employee Monica, decided to turn the gratitude event into further kindness by collecting food as their guests entered the theater. Middleton Outreach received 110 pounds of food collected for just 1 hour prior to the movie. What a great idea! Click "Read More" for a link to watch the Star Wars video they created during the event.

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Hy-Vee's One Step Program Feeds Local Families
18 Jan

Hy-Vee's One Step Program Feeds Local Families

Our partners at Hy-Vee provide assistance to both MOM and Second Harvest to help increase food security for people in our community through their One Step program. When customers purchase these One Step products, a portion of the proceeds is donated to "help feed people who are unable to feed themselves. It's one small step, one meal at a time."

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Jacqui's Garden Journal:  A Break from the Heat
12 Jan

Jacqui's Garden Journal: A Break from the Heat

In this entry in her garden journal dated June 12, Jacqui Sakowski shares some experiences growing fresh veggies for MOM's food pantry. After retiring as a small business owner, Jacqui dived into gardening, a passion she developed when she moved to the Midwest from England years ago. Recognizing she could grow more than she could ever eat, Jacqui decided to garden with a new purpose: to provide fresh vegetables to those who struggled with hunger.

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