Donors Fill MUM’s Pantry
MUM Works With Capital Area Food Bank
MUM Marches Against Hunger
EventsScenes From MUM’s Fall Fundraiser, Oct. 26, 2013
Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett (center) with MUM Executive Director Larry White (left) and Board President Susan DeFord
Sidney Cooper, Marketing & Events Manager for the Wheaton Urban District, received MUM’s Community Partner Award
Rev. Adam Snell (center) of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Kensington, was MUM’s featured speaker. He is shown with spouse Susan and guest Jeffery Binckes.
Kensington Mayor Peter Fosselman with Board President Susan DeFord
MUM Board Member William Moore, who is also president of the Wheaton & Kensington Chamber of Commerce, with Marian Fryer, member of the Wheaton Urban District Advisory Committee.
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MUM Launches Saturday Pantry Hours
Mid-County United Ministries (MUM) is regularly opening its Wheaton food pantry on Saturdays for the first time since the organization was established in 1996.
The Saturday Serve operation, running from 9–11:30 a.m., launched July 6 with volunteers overseen by Executive Director Larry White and Pantry Coordinator Joe Begg. The pantry, located in the Mid-County Regional Services Center on Reedie Drive, offers nonperishable groceries to needy residents in five surrounding zip codes: 20906, 20902, 20896, 20895 and 20853.
“Increasingly, we have become aware that there are people who are needing our food pantry, and they can’t access it because they have jobs during the week, so we have opened the door on Saturday,” said White. In recent years, steadily growing numbers of clients have visited MUM’s food pantry, named for the late Montgomery police officer, Capt. Joseph A. Mattingly Jr. White and his staff estimate that MUM distributed more than $60,000 of donated and purchased food in the 2013 fiscal year that ended June 30.
White said MUM now is spreading the word about Saturday Serve among its clients, community donors and partners. Pantry procedures are similar to MUM’s operation during the week on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Saturday clients are checked in by volunteers to MUM’s data base, and new clients are interviewed to assess their level of need. Clients shop the pantry for groceries with the assistance of volunteers, and their selection is weighed to stay within MUM’s allocation limits. Residents may visit MUM’s food pantry once a month.
Saturday Serve does not include MUM’s other emergency assistance programs that helps residents with evictions, utility cutoffs and prescription medicine.
White hopes Saturday Serve will be convenient not only for MUM clients but also for people who want to help.
“Now there’s the potential for them to be able to volunteer on the weekend,” he said.
MUM’s Work In Spotlight
The November issue of Colesville Life, a county regional magazine, features MUM in its cover story of agencies combating hunger in Montgomery. Supporters of MUM are on the cover of the magazine, and the article examines the work of nonprofits including MUM, Manna and Bethesda Cares. Click on the link below to see the article online:
MUM Joins Capital Area Food Bank
MUM is helping keep its food pantry stocked by utilizing resources of the Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB), the region’s largest nonprofit combating hunger.
Calling All Schools!
School food drives are an important way MUM keeps its Wheaton pantry stocked with nutritious groceries for our clients. MUM invites school groups in our service area to collect nonperishable food items to fill our pantry shelves. MUM can provide shopping lists and collection bins. The food goes to neighbors in need in zip codes 20853, 20895, 20896, 20902 and 20906. Contact MUM at (301) 929-8675 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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