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Vina Yang: MOM Volunteer for 25 Years!
02 Sep

Vina Yang: MOM Volunteer for 25 Years!

Vina Yang is one of those who remember MOM in its early days. She’s been volunteering in our food pantry for more than 25 years. Vina share her experiences as one of the longest-running volunteers in our organization’s history.

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Working Together to Create Stability
02 Sep

Working Together to Create Stability

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.

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Gateway Community Church Keeps MOM's Shelves Stocked
21 Aug

Gateway Community Church Keeps MOM's Shelves Stocked

Gateway Community Church in Middleton has supported MOM monthly for many years through their Food Buyer’s Club. They collect monthly funds from fellow parishioners and order MOM' Top 10 most needed items from Piggly Wiggly of Cross Plains.

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We Make A Great Pear: Donating Produce to MOM
12 Apr

We Make A Great Pear: Donating Produce to MOM

We are grateful for you, and the many supporters within our community, who support our three MOM gardens. During the growing season, we are often asked what produce we need the most. Here is some information about what produce we can most use here at MOM.

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Local Farmers Support Local Food Pantry
09 Feb

Local Farmers Support Local Food Pantry

Recently MOM received 100 pounds of locally raised beef from a farm in Lodi, Wisconsin. This donation will go a long way to support the families and individuals we provide for in our food pantry.

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Not just an orange, an opportunity
21 Apr

Not just an orange, an opportunity

Both Amira and Ayden worked. The pay wasn’t great for either of them, but they managed. They lived in a small but tidy apartment with their daughter and paid all their bills on time. Then a medical setback threw a wrench in everything. MOM helped them get nutritious food such as fresh, juicy oranges. Even more importantly, it offered them the opportunity to get a new start.

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Not just a can, it's courage
21 Apr

Not just a can, it's courage

When Janet’s husband passed away, it was hard not to let fear take over. In her 70s and now widowed, Janet didn’t know how she was going to make ends meet. Janet felt alone. Coming to MOM helped Janet fill her pantry with a supply of canned goods and helped her connect with neighbors who could help with a few chores. It also gave her the courage she needed to make it through difficult times.

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Not just socks, it's success
21 Apr

Not just socks, it's success

Three years ago, when Hannah arrived at MOM for her first appointment with a case manager, things weren’t going well. If she didn’t make a payment soon, her utilities would be shut off. Hannah knew MOM had a food pantry and clothing center. She hoped she could leave with some bread, milk and maybe warm socks for the winter so she could use her limited resources to make a payment on her utility bill. MOM helped her with those things--and provided her the turning point she needed to be successful.

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Not just a carrot, it's confidence
21 Apr

Not just a carrot, it's confidence

When Carol unexpectedly lost her job, MOM helped her pay her utility bills and provided her with some monetary assistance to pay rent and avoid eviction. Carol was also able to bring home carrots, cheese and cereal from MOM's food pantry to feed her family during that stressful time. After a year of unemployment, Carol now has a full-time, managerial position in Madison at a biotech company that pays well and enables her to once again feel confident about herself and her future.

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Not just a radish, it's resilience
21 Apr

Not just a radish, it's resilience

Josiah had struggled with mental illness all his life, making maintaining work difficult. Without family in the area, he didn’t have much of a support network. When Josiah came to MOM, he had reached an all-time low. He was out of food, medication—and hope. At MOM, Josiah filled his grocery cart with food. With radishes in his fridge and peanut butter on his shelves, Josiah was able to re-ignite his natural resilience and plot a path out of the dark place he had found himself in.

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