MOM brings our community together to create food and housing security through action and advocacy, for neighbors in West Madison, Middleton and Cross Plains. MOM hosts one of the largest food pantries in Dane County. Nearly half of those served through MOM are children.
At MOM, this past year, we have been focusing on building capacity in our Housing Stability program to serve what we know is a growing need for our services. The Housing Stability program is designed to assist individuals and families in maintaining stable housing through budget and employment counseling, negotiation and advocacy with landlords, referrals to community partners, and financial assistance designed to access and maintain affordable housing and/or prevent eviction for at-risk families.
In May 2018, the Wisconsin Public Health Association (WPHA) passed a resolution declaring that racism is a public health crisis in Wisconsin and committed to taking action. MOM is one of the organizations that has signed on to support this declaration.
I give because I both REMEMBER and SEE. I REMEMBER having both food shortage and housing instability as a child and the stress that it put on my family and me. Not always having food on the table or available to take to school is something that is not easily forgotten. I also SEE. I see aMOM doing the very things in our community that I needed as a child. I am not sure who else could pick up the slack. Whether it is providing food, clothing, or housing assistance, I see firsthand how MOM helps those in need, even in the community I now live.
The crux of food justice is the right to community control over and access to affordable, fresh, culturally relevant foods that people want to eat – especially for low-income and communities of color with the least access. Across all of our work, we challenge ourselves to use an anti-oppression lens to build more equitable systems and healthier communities.
MOM, along with Journey Mental Health, nominated Adams Outdoor Advertising Wisconsin for a National Philanthropy Day award. We were so excited that they were chosen as the philanthropic small business of the year. They were recognized at the National Philanthropy Day awards at the Overture Center on November 8, 2019. Individuals, businesses and organizations were chosen based on showing commitment and passion to strengthening our community and making it a better place to live for everyone.
What kinds of donations to MOM most help meet the need? Should you donate food or make a financial donation? What is the difference between a Food Pantry and a Food Bank?
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