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. 48% of those served through MOM are children.
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.
Mr. Middleton. The very best of our community. The right Dad for MOM. The kindest person you will ever meet. Role model. A community hero, and friend. Those are just a few of the words that have been used to describe Al Ripp over the past weeks. Our hearts broke when we heard that Al Ripp, Executive Director of Middleton Outreach Ministry, passed away unexpectedly on June 14, 2017.
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 huge and heartfelt THANK YOU TO THE Steve Stricker American Family Insurance Foundation for its most generous contribution of $10,000 to support MOM’s mission to prevent homelessness and end hunger.
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.
"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
As a psychologist I know that if you don’t have your basic needs met, nothing else matters. Hunger trumps every activity. Without food, clothing and shelter, there is no possibility of learning, working or even existing—much less growing and thriving. I think about this when deciding where to apply my time and energy.
As a person that has dedicated my career to educating children, I have seen first-hand how poverty and hunger affect daily the ability of children to learn. MOM's efforts to address hunger make a difference. When children have enough to eat, they are able to focus on their fundamental need to learn.
Curve Shop, a local plus-size pop-up consignment sale, recently made a donation of over 800 pounds of wonderful, high-quality plus-sized clothing to the Clothing Center. After the Curve Shop sale, consignors had the ability to donate their unsold items directly to MOM.
Payton (second from the right) wanted to hold a soccer camp for kids ages 4-8 in the neighborhood over the summer, so she got some of her friends together to help. They were also looking for a way to benefit a local charity, so the five girls, all going into 5th grade at Glacier Creek Middle School this coming year, set to planning.
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