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.
Both Amira and Ayden worked. The pay wasn’t great for either of them, but they managed. They lived in a small but tidy apartment with their daughter and paid all their bills on time. Then a medical setback threw a wrench in everything. MOM helped them get nutritious food such as fresh, juicy oranges. Even more importantly, it offered them the opportunity to get a new start.
When Carol unexpectedly lost her job, MOM helped her pay her utility bills and provided her with some monetary assistance to pay rent and avoid eviction. Carol was also able to bring home carrots, cheese and cereal from MOM's food pantry to feed her family during that stressful time. After a year of unemployment, Carol now has a full-time, managerial position in Madison at a biotech company that pays well and enables her to once again feel confident about herself and her future.
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.
A single mother of two children, Brenda was working at a full-time job with benefits when she moved into her apartment. She had a Section 8 voucher to help pay for her housing, and she felt like she was on the road to stability. But when her daycare plans fell through, she missed several days of work—and lost her job. She soon fell behind on rent. When her apartment management started the eviction process, Brenda was scared. She didn’t know where to turn. Then she found out about MOM. MOM helped her spaghetti, avocados, school supplies for her kids--and an advocate to help negotiate with her landlord.
In partnership with Fairshare CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Coalition, and funded in part by the Endres Foundation, MOM will pilot a unique CSA project this growing season. Our combined efforts will allow us to serve 25 MOM clients weekly throughout the growing season with fresh, healthy, CSA produce at no cost to them. This unique model not only allows MOM to increase distribution of healthy, nutritious produce, it also supports our local farmers. We hope to expand this model in future years
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.
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