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.
On average, MOM distributes over 1.4 million pounds of food per year, 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.
MOM distributes nearly 1.4 million pounds of food every year to people in our community. MOM's Food Pantry allows individuals and families to self select food and personal hygiene items and to come as often as they need. You can help make sure people in our community are food secure.
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.
MOM's Housing Stability program is designed to assist individuals and families in maintaining stable housing through budget and employment counseling, negotiation and advocacy with landlords, referrals to community partners, and financial assistance designed to access and maintain affordable housing and/or prevent eviction for at-risk families.
Thanks to the support of the community, the Food Pantry has grown and adapted to meet the needs of people in our community and reflect current best practices. We have gone from distributing 34,000 pounds in 1990 to 1.3 million pounds in 2019.
The crux of food justice is the right to community control over and access to affordable, fresh, culturally relevant foods that people want to eat – especially for low-income and communities of color with the least access. Across all of our work, we challenge ourselves to use an anti-oppression lens to build more equitable systems and healthier communities.
The University of Wisconsin's Seed to Kitchen project produces about 20,000 pounds of consumable extra produce. Rather than let this go to waste, the Seed to Kitchen project donates it to local food pantries. MOM is one of the recipients.
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