Other Assistance and Collaborations
In addition to food and clothing, MOM offers other type of assistance and collaborates with agencies to help people in our community remain stable.
Emergency grants are sometimes available to assist with car repairs, medical prescriptions and document replacements.
Dave Springman, a second-generation Middleton postal carrier, wasn’t going to let retirement stop him from making a difference in his community during the annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive held on May 12 of this year. Started in 1955 by the National Association of Letter Carriers, this event has provided food for families in communities across the country for over sixty years. This year, Dave and many others helped collect 9,300 pounds of food to help families in our community.
Josiah had struggled with mental illness all his life, making maintaining work difficult. Without family in the area, he didn’t have much of a support network. When Josiah came to MOM, he had reached an all-time low. He was out of food, medication—and hope. At MOM, Josiah filled his grocery cart with food. With radishes in his fridge and peanut butter on his shelves, Josiah was able to re-ignite his natural resilience and plot a path out of the dark place he had found himself in.
MOM is grateful to the Alliant Energy Center Foundation for their recent grant of $2500 for our Good Samaritan fund. Jill Bauer, Executive Director of the Alliant Energy Center Foundation, delivered the check in person.
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.
Heather has fond memories of gardening with her mother as a little girl—particularly of the fabulous, fresh veggies she got to eat when their work was drawing to a close. Recently, Heather decided to take advantage of MOM’s Food Pantry Gardens to recreate the gardening experience for her sons. The gardens helped the family enjoy freshly grown peas and other healthy vegetables to eat. It also offered them the promise of community and a path to a better life.
Community means an eclectic group of individuals sharing common interests and attitudes. MOM is filled with a wonderfully broad spectrum of volunteers, giving us both balance and diversity. The many uses we've gotten out of some unique donated material demonstrates this. Ideas are typically born with one question, "What might I do," and this project started the same way.
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