Addressing Hunger and Vulnerability in Our Community

Donations for the 2024 Stamp Out Hunger Campaign

May 28th is World Hunger Day, a reminder that we all need to do what we can to end hunger in our communities and around the world. MUM’s work to address hunger in our local community is done in partnership with many other local organizations, farmers, faith communities and volunteers. Learn more about how your support is vital in helping to end childhood hunger and to keep people in their homes with their utilities on.

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MUM Volunteers Keep Us Going!

MUM Volunteers Keep Us Going!

While MUM continues to experience changes in the ways in which we work with and serve our clients and coordinate with partners, one ongoing and unchanging aspect of our work is the reliance we have on our wonderful volunteer base, who we celebrate during National Volunteer Week. MUM could not help our neighbors without the dedication of so many wonderful volunteers!

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MUM Addresses Growing Community Needs

Abbe Levin, Karen Holt, Will Jawando, Dayna Brown

As we welcome the signs of spring and new growth, MUM continues to grow to meet the increasing needs in our community. We recently were awarded our first grant by the Healthcare Initiative Foundation for a Food as Medicine program in partnership with Proyecto Salud, Community FarmShare and Holy Cross Health. This funding will also enable us to better coordinate with other mid-county service providers and to explore the formation of a “Wellness Hub” in the Wheaton area. As we continue to see increased demand for food assistance, and for financial assistance for overdue rent and utilities, our team at MUM looks forward to the opportunities ahead.

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Recognizing Black History Month and the Racial Disparities in Food Access

A fresh basket of vegetables

February is Black History Month – a time to both celebrate the rich heritage and achievements of African Americans and to reflect on our nation’s painful past and current challenges as we continue to strive to create a more equitable society. In Montgomery County, a complex history including legal housing discrimination has left a legacy of housing and wealth inequities among Black residents that persist in our county today and still negatively impact the lives of the BIPOC residents MUM serves. At MUM, we proudly serve a diverse community and will continue to engage our neighbors and do all we can to make sure they have access to the nutritious food that they want and need.

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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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