Donors Fill MUM’s Pantry
MUM Works With Capital Area Food Bank
MUM Marches Against Hunger
EventsA Garden of Giving
MUM’s fall fundraiser drew a crowd of 150 to the Silver Spring Civic Building on Oct. 17, 2015. The theme of cultivating a generous community, a “Garden of Giving,” underscored a celebration that featured Italian food, live jazz, door prizes and awards to organizations and individuals that have helped MUM grow and serve more clients. Congregations honored for their support of MUM were Streams of Hope Church in Gaithersburg and St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Kensington. The Olney SCUBA Adventure Dive Club was honored for its fundraising on behalf of MUM. Volunteers of the year were Montgomery Community College student Bemnet Erbeto, Albert Einstein High School senior Tsion Taye and Bethesda-Chevy Chase Senior Alex Casso. The three students each have served more than two years in MUM’s food pantry and office.
MUM is a Partner Agency with Capital Area Food Bank Since 2011, MUM has been a partner agency with the Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB), the Washington region’s largest nonprofit combating hunger.
Founded in 1980, CAFB annually distributes 42 million pounds of food to more than 500,000 people struggling with hunger. The food bank works through a network that includes MUM as one of 500 partner agencies in the greater Washington region.
MUM continues to ask congregations, schools, civic groups and businesses in Wheaton, Kensington and Aspen Hill for food drives and donations of nonperishable groceries to help fill the shelves at MUM’s pantry in downtown Wheaton. MUM turns to CAFB for discounted food purchases when local donations don’t cover demand for emergency food.
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Eating Right With MUM’s Help
MUM clients displayed certificates after completing a multi-session nutrition class taught by educators with the University of Maryland Extension Office. MUM sponsored two sessions of spring classes, conducted in English and Spanish, and Executive Director Larry White awarded participants $50 grocery gift cards.
All That Rice is Nice!
First Alliance Church of Silver Spring once again bested its past efforts to collect rice for MUM's pantry during its third annual Rice Bowl. Starting on Feb. 1, 2015, Super Bowl Sunday, the congregation worked towards collecting a ton of rice in small bags for MUM pantry clients. On March 29, First Alliance Pastor Mike Mercurio announced that the church's collection totaled 2,056 lbs., tipping the scales at more than a ton. That’s hundreds of pounds more than previous rice drives. On April 19, MUM Executive Director Larry White sang his thanks to members of First Alliance.
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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