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Donate Food

Drop off food donations at our pantry during office hours on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. read more

Donate Time

Volunteer to work in our food pantry, help with paper work, or help us with fund raising activities. read more

Money Donations are always crucial, especially in these difficult times. read more

How We Help

MUM provides assistance for:
  Eviction prevention
  Utility cutoff prevention/restoration
  Prescription drugs
  Non-perishable food
  Referrals to other agencies
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First Class Delivery For MUM

Stamp Out Hunger 2015

One of the largest-ever collections of food for MUM's Wheaton pantry arrived in May through a partnership with local letter carriers. On May 9, letter carriers picked up donated food from customers on neighborhood routes as part of Stamp Out Hunger, a national one-day collection organized 23 years ago by the letter carriers union. In the late afternoon of that same day, MUM volunteers arrived at area post offices and hauled away truck loads amounting to an estimated 16,500 lbs. of nonperishable groceries.

Stamp Out Hunger 2015
MUM volunteers worked through the weekend to sort and store the donations, which now are being distributed to clients of the Capt. Joseph A. Mattingly Jr. Food Pantry at MUM offices in Wheaton. The food came from residents living in Wheaton, Aspen Hill and Silver Spring area neighborhoods.

"I think the thing that excites me the most about this drive is not only the quantity of food we get, but that it is so widespread in terms of people who participate in it," said Larry White, MUM's executive director. "We don't have anything that compares to it."

MUM wants to thank local letter carriers and Silver Spring Stamp Out Hunger coordinator Lloyd Deckman for choosing MUM as a partner in this worthy effort!

Joseph A. Mattingly, Jr. Food Pantry

Joseph A. Mattingly 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

Poverty Afflicts Many in MUM Area

Recent 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.

Taste of Wheaton Benefits MUM

Taste of Wheaton 2015

Big crowds gathered at the 20th Annual Taste of Wheaton to sample local restaurant fare, try area wines and help raise substantial funds for Mid-County United Ministries. On June 7, MUM volunteers sold tickets to the popular wine tasting tent, and also sold tickets for a new beer garden at Taste of Wheaton. The Wheaton Urban District, which organizes the event, has designated MUM as the beneficiary of its wine and beer ticket sales. The event raised more than $5,200 for the nonprofit.

Taste of Wheaton 2015

New Office Hours for MUM in 2015

Larry White

The New Year brings a new weekday schedule for Mid-County United Ministries (MUM). Beginning Jan. 1, the charity will be open on three consecutive week days—Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday—from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. MUM will be closed on Monday and Friday. During its weekday operations, MUM operates a food pantry and helps clients with emergency financial assistance for evictions, utility cutoffs and prescription medicine. MUM serves residents of a five zip code area including Wheaton, Aspen Hill and Kensington.

In addition, MUM’s pantry will continue to open on Saturday mornings, from 9 to 11:30 a.m., to serve clients who can’t get to MUM offices in Wheaton during the week.

The staff and volunteers at MUM wish you and yours health and happiness in 2015!

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Help You Can Count On!

Mid-County United Ministries (MUM) has been providing a safety net to the working poor, the disabled, the elderly on fixed incomes, and the unemployed since 1996. In April of 2010, the Wheaton/Kensington Chamber of Commerce named MUM "Nonprofit of the Year" for the outstanding work it has done in serving the community.

MUM is part of Montgomery County’s Emergency Assistance Coalition working with public and private social service agencies to provide financial help to individuals and families in Wheaton, Aspen Hill, and Kensington.

MUM is a partner agency with the Capital Area Food Bank to provide clients with non-perishable food from the Captain Joseph A. Mattingly Jr. pantry.

Mum also works in partnership with the eye clinic at Shepherd’s Table, the medical clinic Proyecto Salud, and the Colesville Volunteer Dental Clinic, giving clients referrals when appropriate.

Together, We Can Help!

From its beginnings, the spirit of MUM has been one of collaboration. Dedicated to serving the emergency and food needs of the limited income community in Wheaton, Aspen Hill, and Kensington, MUM was established in 1996 as a cooperative effort of faith congregations and Community Ministry of Montgomery County, now known as Interfaith Works. The charter churches Lutheran Church of St. Andrew, Hughes United Methodist, Northwood Presbyterian Church, St. Matthew Presbyterian, St. Catherine Laboure Catholic, Wheaton Presbyterian Church, Luther Rice Memorial Baptist, and First Baptist of Wheaton knew the growing number of requests for financial help from those in need would be better served if they pooled their resources to increase their effectiveness.

MUM continues to work closely with eighteen area churches that offer support, as well as with the Montgomery County police, area businesses, and organizations such as the Democratic Central Committee. MUM now is an independent agency, a member of the county’s Emergency Assistance Coalition.

In addition, MUM partners with the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, the Housing Opportunity Commission, Interfaith Works, Catholic Charities, Jewish Social Services, Bethesda Cares, Manna, Shepherd’s Table, Proyecto Salud, and the Colesville Volunteer Dental Clinic.

None of MUM’s goals could be achieved without the collaboration of its Executive Director, small staff, and its volunteers, including a working Board of Directors.

Do You Need Help?

MUM is dedicated to serving the emergency and food needs of the limited income community in parts of Wheaton, Aspen Hill, and Kensington. MUM serves the Montgomery County zip codes of 20902, 20906, 20895, 20896, and 20853. We refer people from other zip codes to the appropriate agencies in the Emergency Assistance Coalition.

If you live in one of the above mentioned zip codes, you may call MUM at 301-929-8675 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays to set up an appointment to meet with Diane Schroeder, the executive director. During this conversation, Ms. Schroeder will explain which identifying documents to bring in, depending upon the type of service that is needed.

If you have additional needs that MUM cannot meet, Ms. Schroeder will refer you to an appropriate source of help.


Donate Food

MUM is always happy to receive food donations. Because the size of the pantry is limited, MUM gives only non-perishable foods. Items we ALWAYS need (because they are part of the standard package we provide our clients) are:

• Hot/Cold Cereals                                      • Crackers/Cookies
• Canned Fruits/Vegetables                          • Dessert Mixes/Icing
• Dry/Canned Beans, Pastas, Rices;             • Fruit Juices
• Pasta Sauces                                               • Dry/Canned Milk
• Canned Meats/Tuna                                   • Tea/Cocoa/Coffee
• Soups/Stews/Chilies                                   • Diet Specific Foods
• Peanut Butter/Jelly                                     • Toiletries
• Condiments/Spices

If you wish to donate nonperishable food to MUM, please call during weekday office hours (9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) to schedule delivery.


Donate Time

Volunteers are needed in the following areas:

Food Pantry Volunteers
   • Organize pantry and distribute food to clients during regular office hours. [Mon. and Wed. 9 a.m.
      to 4:30 p.m., and Thurs. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.] You can give a morning or an afternoon or a full day.
   • On an as needed basis, organize food at our main storage facility and transport food items to the
   • On an as needed basis, shop for select food items for the pantry.

Food Drive Coordinator
  • Identify sources and help with the organization of neighborhood, business, and school food drives.

November Food March participant
  • Take part in and invite friends to join you in MUM’s annual march to alleviate hunger.

Grant Writers
  • Develop grant proposals to foundations to supplement funds for MUM’s basic services as well as operating expenses.

Media Marketing Coordinator
  • Organize publicity campaigns to make MUM better known in the community and to raise money.

Spanish Language Interpreters
  • Give two hours a week to help non-English speaking clients express their needs and receive help.

Newsletter Coordinator
  • Organize the mailing of the newsletter four times a year.

Social Media Coordinator
  • Website, Face Book, and other social media design/development/maintenance expertise.

To volunteer, fill out and submit the "MUM Volunteer Candidate Information Form".

For further information contact Diane Schroeder, Director of Mid-County United Ministries at 301-929-8675 or



Donate Money

In these challenging economic times, MUM struggles to keep up with the increased demands for its services. The following stories of Anne R. and Mr. and Mrs. M illustrate how your financial contributions can make a difference.

Anne R. is an elderly single woman living on $450 a month from Social Security. With that she must pay her rent, utilities, and food. She is fortunate to have subsidized housing and does not have medical prescriptions to buy. Anne relies on MUM for food, and when the price of gas went up, she asked for help paying her gas bill. A $100 gas bill seems like a fortune to a person on limited income.

Mr. and Mrs. M. have a young family of five children. In addition, they have custody of five nieces and nephews whose parents are deceased. Mr. M. receives a Social Security income of $623 per month, as he is disabled. Mrs. M., although only age 29, recently suffered two small strokes and has been diagnosed with epilepsy. They receive $1,038 in survivors’ benefits for the nieces and nephews. Even with $604 in food stamps, they find it difficult to feed a family of twelve. MUM helps by providing food and, on occasion, utility assistance.

Your cash donations do make a difference. Without the support of family and friends any of us could find ourselves in similar situations. We are grateful for any assistance you can give us. Please partner with us in alleviating the suffering and desperation of our needier neighbors.