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MOM’s Food Pantry: A Saving Grace for Families
20 Jan

MOM’s Food Pantry: A Saving Grace for Families

Parents want their kids to feel safe, happy and loved. They want to make sure they always have their basic needs met. So imagine what it feels like to not know if you’ll have enough money at the end of the month to buy food for your kids. Imagine what it feels like to worry that your children are going to go hungry. That was a very real worry to Shannon—until she found MOM. Here’s Shannon’s experience.

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Growing a garden at MOM's food pantry garden plots
10 Aug

Growing a garden at MOM's food pantry garden plots

Heather grew up gardening, helping her mother in their family garden when she was a little girl. She returned to gardening recently as part of MOM’s Food Pantry Gardens—and found a way to add fresh veggies to her table and teach her sons a new skill.

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Hunger doesn’t take a summer break.
11 Jul

Hunger doesn’t take a summer break.

Summer puts more kids at risk for hunger, because those who receive free and reduced lunch/breakfast at school may now be home alone, facing an empty fridge, while mom or dad is at work.

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Once you choose hope, anything’s possible.
04 Apr

Once you choose hope, anything’s possible.

Mary was recently divorced, working part time, looking for full time work. Her power was due to be shut off on the very day she came to MOM to meet with a case manager.

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Mission:  Possible
23 Dec

Mission: Possible

Our families and individuals are up against what can seem like insurmountable odds. They will bring with them incredible courage and resilience, and we will be here to offer the help and hope needed to help them get through tough times. MOM has the privilege to distribute hope in times of darkness and in times of joy.

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Mary and Owen
15 Nov

Mary and Owen

Sometimes there just isn't enough to pay all of the bills, and she has to decide between shelter and food.

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Stability
01 Nov

Stability

A single mother of two children, Brenda was working at a full time job with benefits when she moved into her apartment last December. But when her daycare plans fell through, she was forced to miss so much work, that she lost her job.

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The Clark Family
01 Mar

The Clark Family

This past winter was rough for the Clark family. Megan’s husband suffered a major illness earlier in the year, and needed life-saving but expensive surgery and post-care.

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Achieving a Dream
23 Jun

Achieving a Dream

When I first met Anna in 2012 she was a single mother of three kids, living in low-income housing, taking college classes, and trying to make ends meet on almost nothing.

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Why I volunteer
15 Jun

Why I volunteer

"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

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