MUM recently received a new refrigerator so it can offer fresh produce items to our clients. This project was made possible by very generous funding from the Capital Area Food Bank, who will also source most of the produce we will distribute.
The nutritional value of fresh food cannot be understated, especially to those in situations where food is scarce. Fresh fruits and vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet. They contain essential vitamins, minerals, fiber and other nutrients that are required for good health. In fact, research has shown that a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of cancer and other chronic diseases. Plus, who doesn’t like a nice salad on a hot summer day!
Currently our Mobile MUM truck, which distributes food to area locations three Sundays every month, receives fresh produce from Holy Cross Catholic Church. Going forward, MUM will be exploring ways to expand fresh food offerings at the Wheaton food pantry as well as on the Mobile MUM truck.
MUM has also benefited from the fresh food, vegetables and meat offered by New Creation Church every month, and coming soon MUM will participate in a new program called “My Groceries to Go” which is a USDA program designed to serve seniors who meet the income guidelines and could use assistance in meeting their food needs.
Clients can take advantage of the new fresh produce, when they visit MUM’s Wheaton food pantry, or Mobile MUM where they will have the opportunity to select available fresh items to complement their non-perishable food selections.
Our goal is to continue to find opportunities to offer fresh, healthy food to our clients, in collaboration with our generous community partners.
Volunteers, with cars, are always needed for food pick up, so if you can lend a hand please call 301-929-8675, during weekday office hours – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.