MOM named an Edible Madison Local Hero
MOM is honored to have been chosen as a winner of Edible Madison's 2015 Local Hero Awards! Edible Madison is a quarterly publication dedicated to celebrating the local food & agri-culture of Southern Wisconsin and is distributed throughout the region.
Operating year round, MOM's Food Pantry is open six days per week, serving over 4,000 people per month. However, what makes the pantry special is more than just the fact that MOM serves so many people on Madison's greater west side.
Not only one of the largest in Dane County, the MOM Food Pantry offers a 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 overwhelming support from businesses and foundations throughout the community as well as hundreds of volunteers.
MOM has many innovative programs to make sure food is getting to people who most need it, even if they can't make it to our Food Pantry in Middleton. MOM operates a Mobile Food Pantry, bringing food to low-income and home-bound seniors and people with disabilities. MOM also operates a snack bag program to make sure kids at the local high school who suffer from hunger have food to take home at night or eat during the day.
One of MOM's most successful programs are the Food Pantry Gardens. MOM operates three gardens, one of which is a teaching garden. MOM clients have their own plots, and are work side-by-side with mentors to help them learn to grow their own food. Some of the produce from these client gardens as well as the bounty from the other two gardens go directly to MOM's Food Pantry and is an ongoing source of fresh healthy food for those in need.
MOM also uses creative ways, such as Canstruction Madison to invite the community to participate in ending hunger in their community.
Preventing Homelessness, Ending Hunger - every day.
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