Donate FoodDrop off food donations at our pantry during office hours on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. read more
Donate TimeVolunteer to work in our food pantry, help with paper work, or help us with fund raising activities. read more
How We HelpMUM provides assistance for:
Utility cutoff prevention/restoration
Referrals to other agencies
First Class Delivery For MUM
One of the largest-ever collections of food for MUM's Wheaton pantry arrived in May through a partnership with local letter carriers.
On May 9, letter carriers picked up donated food from customers on neighborhood routes as part of Stamp Out Hunger, a national one-day collection organized 23 years ago by the letter carriers union. In the late afternoon of that same day, MUM volunteers arrived at area post offices and hauled away truck loads amounting to an estimated 16,500 lbs. of nonperishable groceries.
"I think the thing that excites me the most about this drive is not only the quantity of food we get, but that it is so widespread in terms of people who participate in it," said Larry White, MUM's executive director. "We don't have anything that compares to it."
MUM wants to thank local letter carriers and Silver Spring Stamp Out Hunger coordinator Lloyd Deckman for choosing MUM as a partner in this worthy effort!
Joseph A. Mattingly, Jr. Food Pantry
No one in our society should go hungry, yet some of our clients do. Our pantry is meant to supplement the food that our clients purchase themselves or obtain from other agencies. In 2006 the Food Pantry was named in memory of a brave Montgomery County police officer, Captain Joseph Mattingly, Jr., whose empathy for struggling families in the community motivated him to want to start a food program. Read more
Poverty Afflicts Many in MUM Area
Recent Census data show that Mid-County United Ministries serves one of the largest concentrations of people living in poverty in Montgomery County.
A quarter of the nearly 60,000 people living below the poverty level in Montgomery reside in MUM’s service area, according to income data from the Census Bureau’s 2007-2011 American Community Survey. MUM provides emergency food and financial assistance to residents of five zip codes: 20902, 20906, 20853, 20895 and 20896.
Two of the five zip codes that MUM serves—20906 in the Aspen Hill area and 20902 in the Silver Spring/Wheaton area—have the highest numbers of people in poverty among the county’s 45 zip codes. In those two zip codes, where the combined population is 110,443, the percentage of people living in poverty is between 10 and 11 percent, compared to 6.3 percent for the county as a whole.
A third MUM zip code—20853—ranks 10th among Montgomery’s zip codes based on the 7.1 percent of its population living in poverty.
“It underscores the fact that we’re in the throes of it, and we need all the help and support we can get to carry out the work,” said MUM Executive Director Larry White.
The federal government says the 2012 poverty threshold for a family of three with two children under 18 is an annual income of $18,498 or less. For a family of four with two children under 18, it is $23,283.
Taste of Wheaton Benefits MUM
Big crowds gathered at the 20th Annual Taste of Wheaton to sample local restaurant fare, try area wines and help raise substantial funds for Mid-County United Ministries. On June 7, MUM volunteers sold tickets to the popular wine tasting tent, and also sold tickets for a new beer garden at Taste of Wheaton. The Wheaton Urban District, which organizes the event, has designated MUM as the beneficiary of its wine and beer ticket sales. The event raised more than $5,200 for the nonprofit.
New Office Hours for MUM in 2015
The New Year brings a new weekday schedule for Mid-County United Ministries (MUM). Beginning Jan. 1, the charity will be open on three consecutive week days—Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday—from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. MUM will be closed on Monday and Friday. During its weekday operations, MUM operates a food pantry and helps clients with emergency financial assistance for evictions, utility cutoffs and prescription medicine. MUM serves residents of a five zip code area including Wheaton, Aspen Hill and Kensington.
In addition, MUM’s pantry will continue to open on Saturday mornings, from 9 to 11:30 a.m., to serve clients who can’t get to MUM offices in Wheaton during the week.
The staff and volunteers at MUM wish you and yours health and happiness in 2015!