Why MOM's Here
MOM brings our community together to create food and housing security through action and advocacy.
Because what we eat, where we live and our connection to community are key determinants of well-being and health, MOM focuses on providing access to these resources for people in our community. MOM hosts one of the largest food pantries in Dane County and provides case management, referrals, and housing stability assistance. The Seniors Program provides ride and chore assistance. Thanks to generous community support and partnership, MOM serves over 4,000 individuals each year.
A community where everyone has the stability to thrive.
Dignity –We respect the inherent worth and agency of every individual and work to treat everyone fairly, consistently and confidentially, without condition. Our shared humanity makes us responsible for doing this work.
Social Justice- Stable housing and food security are human rights. What we eat, where we live and our connection to our community are key determinants of overall well-being and health, so we focus on providing ample access to these resources.
Racial Equity - Racial inequities affect access to food and housing security. We strive to reduce these inequities through our work and through community collaborations.
Hope – We foster a sense of optimism for the future by providing compassionate support today and the stability needed to thrive tomorrow.
Creativity – We seek innovative solutions to immediate needs, looking beyond the traditional models of our food and housing security systems.
Advocacy - We advocate for the needs of those we serve as well as seek opportunities to create transformative solutions to systems that prevent food and housing equality. We honor the experiences of those we serve and seek to amplify their voices.
Inclusion – We are strongest when we invite in all and break down barriers for participation. We desire our entire community to be a part of our mission.
Collaboration - We cannot create change alone. We must work together and collaborate in order to make the greatest impact.
Accountability - Everything we do is honest and trustworthy. We are committed to the highest level of accountability and transparency and use the gifts of our community to make the greatest impact. We utilize data and research to inform best practices in our work.
MOM was established in 1980 by a local church in the community to care for the basic needs of some of the area's residents. Over time, multiple faith congregations joined forces to meet the growing demand in the West Madison, Middleton and Cross Plains areas.
In 2007, MOM transitioned into a business-based organization both at the Board and leadership levels. Individuals, businesses, organizations, and faith communities all continue to provide financial and business support to the work of MOM.
Middleton Outreach Ministry, Inc., is a registered 501(c)3 organization. MOM also is a partner agency of United Way of Dane County.
OUR service area
MOM serves all of the Middleton Cross Plains School District, and the part of the west side of Madison (west of Midvale Blvd and north of the beltline.)
Nearly 26% of households in Wisconsin live above the poverty line but below a basic cost-of-living threshold. These families are known as ALICE families. ALICE stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. United Way's simulation lets you try to navigate through some of the tough choices these families face.
Nick* and Brenda* were working hard to care for their boys but just making ends meet. Then Brenda’s mom, who cared for their kids while they worked, suddenly became ill. Brenda had to quit her job to stay home with the kids. With almost no savings, money was running out fast. That’s when they learned about MOM.
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.
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