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Mission & History

Mission & History


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.

OUR service area

Anyone living in Dane County is welcome to visit our Food Pantry and Clothing Center. MOM also operates a Mobile Food Pantry, serving two low-income apartment complexes.  


MOM’s Housing Assistance and Seasonal Programs serve community members living in the Middleton Cross Plains School District, and part of the west side of Madison (west of Midvale Blvd and north of the Beltline.)

Our Mission

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.

OUR Vision

A community where everyone has the stability to thrive.

our values

Organizational Values

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. 

OUR History

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. MOM partners with Second Harvest Food Bank and Community Action Coalition, and receives support from businesses and foundations throughout the community as well as over 200 volunteers.  

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