Heading into 2024 with MUM

Frozen Star Berries

Happy New Year! As we begin 2024, we appreciate your support of MUM – which is vital to our work in the community! Thanks to all those who gave so generously in 2023! As we’ve shared before, we continue to see record numbers of neighbors applying for emergency financial assistance and seeking food at our office and mobile food pantries. Your support is vital to helping MUM meet their needs and refer them to other services and benefits. Read more about these challenges, and about the impact MUM is able to make thanks to your support!

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Please be Generous this Giving Season!

MUM appreciates the support from all our donors and volunteers – support that is very much needed right now! In 2023 to date, MUM has seen nearly 6,000 visits for food assistance, prevented the evictions of 36 households, and helped 50 clients restore or prevent the disconnection of their utilities. To continue this work, MUM must raise even more funds, and our Board of Directors is matching year-end donations up to $10,000. Read more about our work, our new Program Manager, and our year-end donation match, and take a survey relevant to your role as a donor, volunteer, and/or client to help MUM continue to help provide for neighbors in need.

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MUM’s Volunteers Make a World of Difference – Let’s Celebrate Them!

Help us celebrate with MUM’s amazing team of volunteers at our Volunteer Appreciation and FUNdraising Event on November 10 at Babycat Brewery at 10241 Kensington Parkway in Kensington! Please join us from 6 to 8pm, when Babycat will donate 10% of the evening’s proceeds to MUM! This will be a fun chance to celebrate, support MUM, and enjoy some time together!

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Fall Challenges and Opportunities

Fall harvest vegetables.

As always, thank you for your continued support of MUM’s work! We continue to see a steady increase in the numbers of people calling and coming to our office for food and to apply for emergency financial assistance. The numbers seeking food at our monthly mobile food pantry also continue to grow–we served 287 families in August and over 260 in September!

What we are seeing at MUM is consistent with the experiences of others throughout our region and across the country, as reflected in the Capital Area Food Bank’s Hunger Report 2023 (Hunger Report 2023 – CAFB Hunger Report (capitalareafoodbank.org) and Feeding America’s 2023 Elevating Voices to End Hunger Together: Insights Report (Elevating Voices | Feeding America), released during Hunger Awareness Month in September.

Amid these challenges, we continue to get support from Montgomery County, food banks, and farmers … and of course from you. Read more and discover fun and special community events coming up where you can continue your support of MUM.

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MUM Celebrates Continuing Partnerships & New Supporters

Increased Cold Storage Capacity 2023 - 01

According to a recent Giving USA 2023 report, total charitable giving by corporations, foundations, individuals and bequests to support the work of nonprofit organizations dropped 10.5 percent in 2022, following two years of record generosity. This is sobering news, since we know the need for many services continues to grow.

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MUM Heads into Summertime!

Stamp Out Hunger Donations Basket

May has been a very busy month for MUM! Facing the reality of having less food and funding as pandemic-era programs end, we have made the difficult decision to reduce the number of mobile food pantries we operate for the next few months, while evaluating our programming, seeking stakeholder input, and developing a strategic plan. Of course, our work doesn’t stop, and we continue to rely on donations of food, time and money to continue our operations. In May, for instance, we had a successful Stamp Out Hunger campaign and are grateful for the support of long-time supporter May Nakamura, who asked for donations to MUM to help celebrate her 103rd birthday! We look forward to your continued support during the Summer months!

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