Donate FoodDrop off food donations at our pantry during office hours on Monday, Wednesday, or Thursday. 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:
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Save the Date For MUM!
Your best Friday night date will be Oct. 10, 2014, when MUM holds its annual Fall Fundraiser. The celebration will be held at the Silver Spring Civic Building, 1 Veterans Plaza, starting at 7:30 p.m. There will be great food, music, prizes and a celebration of the giving spirit that keeps our community strong. You don’t need a ticket to attend, so bring a friend. Watch for your invitation in the mail this summer!
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
Letter Carriers Deliver For MUM
A letter carrier collects donations during the Stamp Out Hunger food drive
Mid-County United Ministries has a well-stocked pantry for summer, thanks in part to an unprecedented collection of groceries from a May food drive by the National Association of Letter Carriers.
MUM was a recipient of food collected in the Silver Spring area on May 10 as part of the national Stamp Out Hunger campaign, described by the U.S. Postal Service as the nation’s largest one-day food drive. Letter carriers picked up donated food items from postal customers as they made their rounds on May 10. Days later, MUM volunteers hauled away 8,000 lbs. of nonperishable groceries from post offices in the 20904 and 20906 zip codes in Montgomery County.
“I think it’s given us a huge psychological boost as we get into the summer months,” said MUM Executive Director Larry White. “Everybody here is really overjoyed with the whole amount. There’s been a lot of buzz.”
Lloyd Deckman, the letter carriers’ longtime food drive coordinator for the Silver Spring area, said the collection of groceries jumped dramatically this year to well over 100,000 lbs. Letter carriers distributed Stamp Out Hunger paper grocery bags to customers before collection day.
“The response was incredible,” he said. “That made all the difference in the world.”
For the second consecutive year, MUM was a beneficiary of the Stamp Out Hunger campaign through the efforts of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church on New Hampshire Avenue in Silver Spring. St. John has helped letter carriers distribute their food drive collections to local pantries, and the church recommended MUM.
A volunteer stands with Stamp Out Hunger donations at MUM’s storage unit
Poverty Afflicts Many in MUM AreaRecent 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. all news