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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
Super Rice Bowl For MUM
Pastor Mike Mercurio went knocking on his neighbor’s doors during 2014’s harsh winter, trudging through snow and chilly winds to ask a favor. Mercurio and members of First Alliance Church in Silver Spring wanted rice, a whole lot of rice for MUM’s food pantry in downtown Wheaton. Their search, part of First Alliance’s second annual Rice Bowl, took them to supermarkets and local businesses as well as neighbors’ homes through February and March. The congregation collected nearly 1,600 lbs. of rice, topping its 2013 collection by 500 lbs.
With the right approach, said Mercurio, “people are more than willing to help.”
First Alliance focuses its food drives on commodities for MUM, and rice is a staple in constant demand. MUM’s monthly food distribution is running 38 percent above last year as a result of new pantry hours on Saturday morning in addition to weekday hours on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.
First Alliance’s Rice Bowls, said MUM Executive Director Larry White, “give us a staple we can really count on for a period of time.” First Alliance collected the rice in small packages for easier distribution to pantry clients.
Other churches supporting MUM have held commodity food drives. Warner Memorial Presbyterian Church in Kensington collected rice for MUM last year and this winter collected about 150 pounds of dried beans.
First Alliance’s Mercurio said he got to know his neighbors during the collection and would like to see the effort involve more congregations and reach a broader segment of the community in the future.
“It was fun to do, and the idea of partnering serves the broader purpose, for all of us to work together,” he said.
For congregations and MUM supporters who are interested in holding a commodity food drive for MUM, these staples are critically needed: canned meats, such as tuna and chicken breast, peanut butter, canned fruit and cold cereal.
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