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Donate Food

You can end hunger in our community.  

MOM has one of the largest and most progressive food pantries in Dane County, distributing more than 100,000 pounds of high quality food per month and allowing people to visit as often as they need, truly ending hunger for all those we serve.

 “I remember years of empty cupboards and a bare fridge and freezer. I don’t feel depressed from that anymore. I can pay my bills without worrying about feeding my kids.”
  • Over half of the food we give out through the Food Pantry programs are donated through Food Drives and everyday donations.
  • During a single day, more than 200 grocery bags of food head out the door to food insecure people living on nearby streets in your community.  
  • Over 40% of people served at the Food Pantry are children.
  • People who use the Food Pantry live in either west Madison, Middleton or Cross Plains..


What you Need to Know

  • Thank you for donating items to MOM and helping Prevent Homelessness and End Hunger in this community!  

    In order to help us most efficiently serve our clients and get your quality donated items into the hands of those who need them, we ask you to follow these guidelines.

    • We accept all food (perishable and non-perishable), household cleaners and detergents, diapers, paper products and personal hygiene products.  
    • Please, no home prepared food, open containers, glass containers, and expired food.
    • We do take donations of fresh produce, dairy and meat, and encourage people to donate produce grown in their home gardens.  

    Tax receipts will be issued upon donation.

  • Think through your last trip to the grocery store or to a store like Target - what else did you buy?  

    Toilet Paper, cleaning supplies, diapers, feminine hygiene products, tooth paste, deodorant, and shampoo?  These are just a few of the items that are essential to well-being, and all are needed at the Food Pantry.  

    The pantry frequently has a very low inventory of personal care items and sometimes has only a few diapers or a roll of toilet paper to offer to Food Pantry guest.  Your donation of these items is greatly needed.

  • Donations can be brought to the Distribution Center, which houses both our Clothing Center and our Food Pantry.   

    Location and Hours

  • When you bring in your donation, you will be given a tax receipt.  

    A donation of food should be valued at its fair market value. This is usually the price paid at the grocery store or if the food is from a garden how much it would cost if purchased at a grocery store/farmers market. See IRS guidelines for further explanation.

  • We welcome the public to tour our Distribution Center (Food Pantry), which is one of the busiest in Dane County. 

    Individuals and groups are invited to take part in one of our regularly scheduled public tours. This is ideal for anyone who wants to see firsthand what MOM does or would like to drop off a food or clothing donation.

    If you would like to attend a tour or drop off a donation, we encourage you to register so that we are prepared.  Walk-ins are always welcome but we ask that groups sign up in advance so we have enough tour guides.

    2016 Dates:

    Tuesday, May 17
    Thursday, July 21
    Tuesday, September 20
    Thursday, November 17

    All tours are at the Distribution Center. Tours are available between 5 p.m and 6:30 p.m.  See the Calendar for more information.


  • What kinds of donations to MOM most help meet the need?  Should you donate food or make a financial donation?  What type of donation helps the most?

    The answer is that both of those types of help are needed equally, and we couldn’t operate the pantry most efficiently without one or the other.  

    Read our article explaining why we need both food and financial donations.

  • MOM distributes hundreds of bags of groceries a day.  With the rise in the use of reusable bags, we frequently are short on paper bags.  Consider cleaning out your closet and donating your paper bags.

  • Looking for a way to help end hunger in our community?    There is power in numbers!

    Start or Join a Food Buyer’s Club, a unique and highly-effective way to address hunger in our community.  The concept is easily adapted for your group (such as book clubs, scout troops, church groups, & businesses) regardless of formality, size or dollar commitment. 

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