Donate FoodDrop off food donations at our pantry during office hours on Monday, Wednesday, or Thursday. 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
Joseph A. Mattingly, Jr. Food PantryNo 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.
A Mountain of Rice For MUM!It seemed like an audacious goal for First Alliance Church of Silver Spring, but Pastor Mike Mercurio urged his congregation to try. In February, the church launched a Rice Bowl, aiming to collect in a few weeks 1,000 pounds of rice in small bags for MUM's food pantry. "It would be fun to stretch ourselves and do something bigger," Mercurio said. The collection by First Alliance members inspired similar efforts by Warner Memorial Presbyterian Church and MUM's own board of directors during the last week of the Rice Bowl. The final tally of all those bags of rice amounted to nearly 1,500 pounds! "It's fun when it just happens," said Mercurio. MUM was able to share some of the rice with Shepherd's Table of Silver Spring, a nonprofit organization serving the homeless, and still have enough to stock its pantry for months. We are grateful for the spirited generosity of those who act to help their neighbors in need.
Meet MUM's New Executive DirectorLarry White, an associate pastor at Streams of Hope Church in Olney, brings years of familiarity with MUM's service area and a deep appreciation for its diversity to his new post as executive director at Mid-County United Ministries. Learn more about Larry.
Serving Up Smart Eating
MUM clients are learning about good nutrition on a budget in a new partnership between MUM and the University of Maryland Extension office this spring. Educator Elizabeth Saunders is leading a free, six-week class for clients of the nonprofit's pantry at the Mid-County Regional Center in Wheaton. "A healthy body starts with your foods," she told class members recently, listing the benefits of heaping helpings of fruits and vegetables. Even when the household budget is too tight for fresh food, she said, canned fruits and vegetables can be nutritious if they are drained or rinsed in water to reduce levels of sugar and salt. Classes include exercise, food prep demonstrations, interpreting food labels and reviewing recipes.
As the host organization, MUM is encouraging regular attendance at the weekly classes by offering a gift card to participants who complete the course. Those interested in joining a class should call the MUM office at 301–929–8675 for more information.