Middleton Outreach Ministry is ending hunger and preventing homelessness for neighbors in West Madison, Middleton and Cross Plains. through progressive food programs, case management, and housing assistance. MOM hosts one of the largest food pantries in Dane County. Nearly half of those served through MOM are children.
This spring as you’re driving around the Madison area, you just might see Middleton Outreach Ministry in a whole new way—on billboards! MOM was one of eight nonprofits chosen by Adams Outdoor Advertising for their Adams Collaborate program. The program’s aim is to work with local non-profit organizations to create a year-long, outdoor branding campaign and raise awareness for local causes—all free of charge.
At MOM, 2017 brought every emotion a year can bring. The year brought sorrow and heartache – and it also brought joy and celebration. Many people were inspired to give, volunteer, and advocate for the first time, or to return to giving with a new purpose. The year’s events reminded us all how vital community is to our well-being, and how much our neighbor’s experience is intertwined with our own.
The MOM Board of Directors welcomes Ellen Carlson as the new Executive Director of Middleton Outreach Ministry. Carlson began her tenure with MOM in January of 2002. She served in many capacities in those 16 years. Her many leadership roles included volunteer and donor development, operations, program development, communications and strategic planning.
What kinds of donations to MOM most help meet the need? Should you donate food or make a financial donation? What is the difference between a Food Pantry and a Food Bank?
A partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Extension and Willy Street Co-Op is providing MOM clients with new skills and tools to prepare nutritious meals for their families. Thanks to their FoodWIse and Pantries of Plenty (POP) programs more families in our community can enjoy healthy food this winter.
Research continues to confirm the importance of good nutrition for children. In fact, according to Too Small to Fail, the first two years may be the most important. But the effects of good nutrition began even earlier: they begin in-utero. Even as we understand more about the importance of early nutrition though, we are still faced with the staggering fact that more than 17 million children in the US live in households struggling to put food on the table.
"As a kid, there was a stretch where I remember watching cartoons on Saturday mornings hungry in our trailer in Charleston, Illinois. Now I #volunteer on Saturday mornings so local kids can have breakfast before their cartoons. #giveback #keeppurposeconstant " - MOM Volunteer
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.
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.
For any business, time is money. So imagine a business finding the time to allow an employee to be out of the office one afternoon each week, all year round. Standard Imaging has done just that every week for the past 382 weeks—since September of 2010. They have accumulated hundreds of hours of volunteer service. A commitment like this demonstrates to us at MOM that Standard Imaging has a work culture of volunteering and that making an impact for good in their community is one of their priorities.
In January, the very coldest part of winter, it’s hard to think of a time when the sun will shine and new plants—including garden veggies —will grow. But that’s a time Jacqui Sakowski, a retired small business owner, looks forward to all year round. What might be most unique about Jacqui’s gardening is what she does with what its produces: Jacqui donates it to local food pantries like MOM.
When most people think of organizing a drive for a food pantry, boxes of cereal or stacks of canned goods come to mind. And indeed, most food banks are need of these items. But they’re often also in need of something else: menstrual products. That’s why some high school seniors at Middleton High School decided to do hold a drive focused exclusively on menstrual products. They called it the Period Drive.
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