MOM brings our community together to create food and housing security through action and advocacy, for neighbors in West Madison, Middleton and Cross Plains. 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.
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?
We are grateful to the Steve Stricker American Family Insurance Foundation for their support in helping us end hunger and prevent homelessness in our community. Because of their $10,000 grant, we will be able to provide more food, more warm clothes and more rental assistance to families who are most in need.
I give to MOM because food is really important. Instead of gifts for my birthday, I asked for frosting and cake mix to give to MOM—because I like my birthday to be a giving day. I really like thinking about other kids having happy birthdays because I shared. And it’s fun to drop it off at the pantry!
I have volunteered with MOM for the past eight years. Some of the people I help have chronic health issues or other persistent problems, but often I meet people who are working two jobs to make ends meet or who recently got laid off. MOM is here for all of them, and would be here for me if I needed that help.
As a first generation Mexican immigrant, raised by a single parent mother, I recall her often working two or three jobs to make ends meet. Although the love within our household was abundant, resources were often scarce. As a member of the MOM Board of Directors and Middleton Community, my family and I give to MOM in hopes of providing families with hope, joy and opportunity to break bread together, to create long-lasting memories. Through these acts, our children are also reminded of our humble beginnings, while experiencing the gift of giving and gratefulness for all of our blessings.
I have seen the positive impact that MOM has had on children and families for the past 27 years as an administrator in the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District. MOM's services provide the basic needs that many families do not have on their own. It is an honor to support and serve MOM and its mission to prevent homelessness and end hunger.
The news, the politics, the divisiveness, the vitriol… sometimes it all seems pretty overwhelming. I fervently believe one thing everyone can agree on is that no child in our community should be hungry. I give to not only end hunger in our community, but I give to find common ground with neighbors and strangers alike.
Siblings Lucas, Lucy and Laura are local musicians who use their talents to support MOM and make a difference for other kids in their community. They play music at the Westside Community Farmer’s Market, setting out a hat to collect donations as people pass by. Then they contribute what they raise to MOM. Here's why they do it.
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.
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