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Jacqui's Garden Journal: Tomatoes and Basil Planted
11 Jan

Jacqui's Garden Journal: Tomatoes and Basil Planted

In this entry in her garden journal dated May 27, Jacqui Sakowski shares some experiences growing fresh veggies for MOM's food pantry. After retiring as a small business owner, Jacqui dived into gardening, a passion she developed when she moved to the Midwest from England years ago. Recognizing she could grow more than she could ever eat, Jacqui decided to garden with a new purpose: to provide fresh vegetables to those who struggled with hunger.

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Jacqui’s Garden: Fighting Hunger with Garden-Fresh Veggies
10 Jan

Jacqui’s Garden: Fighting Hunger with Garden-Fresh Veggies

In January, the very coldest part of winter, it’s hard to think of a time when the sun will shine and new plants—including garden veggies —will grow. But that’s a time Jacqui Sakowski, a retired small business owner, looks forward to all year round. What might be most unique about Jacqui’s gardening is what she does with what its produces: Jacqui donates it to local food pantries like MOM.

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Standard Imaging Volunteers Make a Difference
09 Jan

Standard Imaging Volunteers Make a Difference

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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Understanding Poverty Programs
09 Jan

Understanding Poverty Programs

In this Insights with Dick Goldberg podcast, Dick takes a big-picture look at US Poverty Programs. To do this, he talks with Dr. Tim Smeeding, director of the University of Wisconsin’s Institute for Research on Poverty from 2008-2014 and the Lee Rainwater Distinguished Professor of Public Affairs and Economics. Tim provides an overview of US poverty programs, discusses some challenges they face and provides suggestions for improvements in the future.

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MOM awarded $1,000 as part of Old National Bank’s Choose Your Charity Giveaway
05 Jan

MOM awarded $1,000 as part of Old National Bank’s Choose Your Charity Giveaway

MOM received a $1,000 check from Old National Bank’s Choose Your Charity Giveaway thanks to community voting. Over a six-week period, people could vote online or at a Wisconsin Old National Bank branch for their favorite charity. Out of the thousands of nonprofits across the state, the 45 who got the most votes received a $1,000 check. MOM was one of these.

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Middleton High School Seniors Hold Period Drive
05 Jan

Middleton High School Seniors Hold Period Drive

When most people think of organizing a drive for a food pantry, boxes of cereal or stacks of canned goods come to mind. And indeed, most food banks are need of these items. But they’re often also in need of something else: menstrual products. That’s why some high school seniors at Middleton High School decided to do hold a drive focused exclusively on menstrual products. They called it the Period Drive.

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In The News: Good Nutrition Vital for Young Children
04 Jan

In The News: Good Nutrition Vital for Young Children

Research continues to confirm the importance of good nutrition for children. In fact, according to Too Small to Fail, the first two years may be the most important. But the effects of good nutrition began even earlier: they begin in-utero. Even as we understand more about the importance of early nutrition though, we are still faced with the staggering fact that more than 17 million children in the US live in households struggling to put food on the table.

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Partnerships Provide Nutritious Options to MOM Clients
04 Jan

Partnerships Provide Nutritious Options to MOM Clients

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.

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Together, we can do so much.
27 Dec

Together, we can do so much.

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.

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MOM Receives $10,000 Grant from Steve Stricker American Family Insurance Foundation
20 Dec

MOM Receives $10,000 Grant from Steve Stricker American Family Insurance Foundation

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.

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