Creating Stability Then and Now: MOM's Food Pantry
Originally called the Hubbard Cupboard Food Pantry, MOM’s first Food Pantry opened in 1981 in a closet of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church Annex. Over the next few years, the Food Pantry changed locations several times, spending a year at the city library in 1993 before moving to the basement of the new St. Luke’s Church. In 2003, the Food Pantry relocated to the Distribution Center in Middleton Business Park, finally landing at its current location in 2012.
Thanks to the support of the community, the Food Pantry has been able to grow and adapt to meet the
needs of people in our community and reflect current best practices. In 1983, MOM had seven volunteers spending seven hours a month stocking the food pantry. Now, an average of 224 volunteers put in over 2,000 volunteer hours each month! In 2010, we adopted our current “as needed” model, allowing people in our service area to visit the pantry as often as needed. That same year, MOM also began a mobile food pantry program that delivers food to two low-income apartment complexes in the community as well as Food Pantry Gardens that provide fresh produce to the Pantry.
The amount of food being distributed has continued to rise, totaling 34,000 pounds in 1990, 84,000 pounds in 2000, 430,000 pounds in 2010 and 1.3 million pounds in 2019. What began as a few dedicated volunteers stocking closet shelves with food for people in need has grown into one of the largest food pantries in Dane County, serving 4,000 people each month, including nearly 2,000 children. Our Food Pantry's operations look a little differently now as we have made made adjustments so that we can continue safely serving our community during the COVID-19 emergency.
MOM’s Food Pantry in Action
MOM’s Food Pantry makes a critical difference in the lives of people in our community. Here’s a note a case manager at MOM recently received from a client:“I was ashamed when I walked into your office. Your manner of dealing with me and your understanding that I am looking at a huge mountain to climb medically was like a warm hug. A hug I really, really needed. At your food pantry, I picked up a few staples and—wonder of wonders—an entire box of protein drinks. In three weeks, I will go on a liquid diet getting ready for surgery. So I will be looking for things I can puree and for protein drinks.
“Thank you for being the kind person you are. I left there feeling much taller than when I walked in. I really needed someone to care. What was an insurmountable issue for me you just fixed.”
Help MOM’s Food Pantry Celebrate 40 Years!
MOM has been able to help so many families in our community through the years because of your support. Your support now can ensure we can continue to help families in the future. You can join our Circle of Hope by making a monthly gift to sustain MOM’s efforts to end hunger and prevent homelessness. Donate $40 (or another amount) a month for our 40 Year Celebration.
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