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
11th Annual Mid-County Hunger March on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015
Walk with Mid-County United Ministries (MUM) in honor of Thanksgiving and join those fighting hunger in your community. We will gather in the parking lot of the Presbyterian Church of the Atonement, 10613 Georgia Ave., at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 22.br />
We will walk three-quarters of a mile along Georgia Avenue to the Mid-County Regional Services Center, 2424 Reedie Dr. in Wheaton, where MUM's pantry and offices are located.br />
We invite students, friends of MUM, congregations and MUM clients to walk with us and carry signs and banners. A reception will immediately follow the march. Let's honor Thanksgiving by making sure everyone has a seat at the table!
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!