You can end hunger in our community.
MOM has one of the largest and most progressive food pantries in Dane County, distributing more than 100,000 pounds of high quality food per month and allowing people to visit as often as they need, truly ending hunger for all those we serve.
“I remember years of empty cupboards and a bare fridge and freezer. I don’t feel depressed from that anymore. I can pay my bills without worrying about feeding my kids.”
- Over half of the food we give out through the Food Pantry programs are donated through Food Drives and everyday donations.
- During a single day, more than 200 grocery bags of food head out the door to food insecure people living on nearby streets in your community.
- Over 40% of people served at the Food Pantry are children.
- People who use the Food Pantry live in either west Madison, Middleton or Cross Plains..
What you Need to Know
Thank you for donating items to MOM and helping Prevent Homelessness and End Hunger in this community!
In order to help us most efficiently serve our clients and get your quality donated items into the hands of those who need them, we ask you to follow these guidelines.
- We accept unopened, non-expired food (perishable and non-perishable), toilet paper, other paper products, detergents, diapers, and baby wipes.
- We do take donations of fresh produce and encourage people to donate from home gardens, adopt a neighborhood fruit tree, or produce gleaned from farms.
- Please, no home prepared food, open containers, glass containers, or expired food.
The Federal Trade Commission’s Fair Packaging and Labeling Act outlines guidelines for foods we can distribute for the safety of our clients. The FPLA requires each package of household "consumer commodities" to bear a label with specific information. Purchased items will already have this information.
For more information, please refer to their website or contact us with questions.
Personal Hygiene Items
Think through your last trip to the grocery store or to a store like Target - what else did you buy?
Toilet Paper, cleaning supplies, diapers, feminine hygiene products, tooth paste, deodorant, and shampoo? These are just a few of the items that are essential to well-being, and all are needed at the Food Pantry.
The pantry frequently has a very low inventory of personal care items and sometimes has only a few diapers or a roll of toilet paper to offer to Food Pantry guest. Your donation of these items is greatly needed.
Dropping of your Donations
Donations can be brought to the Distribution Center, which houses both our Clothing Center and our Food Pantry.
What your donation is worth
When you bring in your donation, you will be given a tax receipt.
A donation of food should be valued at its fair market value. This is usually the price paid at the grocery store or if the food is from a garden how much it would cost if purchased at a grocery store/farmers market. See IRS guidelines for further explanation.
Food vs. Financial Donations
What kinds of donations to MOM most help meet the need? Should you donate food or make a financial donation? What type of donation helps the most?
The answer is that both of those types of help are needed equally, and we couldn’t operate the pantry most efficiently without one or the other.
Read our article explaining why we need both food and financial donations.
MOM distributes hundreds of bags of groceries a day. With the rise in the use of reusable bags, we frequently are short on paper bags. Consider cleaning out your closet and donating your paper bags.
Start a Food Buyer's Club
Looking for a way to help end hunger in our community? There is power in numbers!
Start or Join a Food Buyer’s Club, a unique and highly-effective way to address hunger in our community. The concept is easily adapted for your group (such as book clubs, scout troops, church groups, & businesses) regardless of formality, size or dollar commitment.
Youth from Blackhawk Church, who helped with the food and school supply collection, loaded up the MOM truck with all of the donations, and then back at the MOM office, youth in the Middle School Summer Camp helped upload the truck and sort the items, which will benefit students, youth and families in our community. Kids helping Kids!
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