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How We HelpMUM provides assistance for:
Utility cutoff prevention/restoration
Referrals to other agencies
Raising Awareness To Fight Hunger
Chilly November temperatures didn't stop about 100 participants from walking nearly a mile into downtown Wheaton to raise awareness about hunger in the community for MUM’s 11th annual Hunger March.
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
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.
MUM Annual Report Shows More Households HelpedThe number of households served by Mid-County United Ministries, Inc. (MUM) in FY 2015 rose nearly 18 percent over the previous year, according to MUM’s newly published annual report.
The report shows that MUM assisted 1,332 households in its five-zip-code service area during the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2015. That’s an increase of 200 households over the previous budget year.
MUM’s emergency financial and food assistance in FY 2015 is valued at $155,277. That’s 19 percent greater than the $130,210 in assistance distributed by MUM in FY 2014.
MUM steps in to help families and individuals deal with evictions, utility cutoffs and the cost of prescription medicines. MUM also operates a food pantry that in FY 2015 distributed 81,832 lbs. of nonperishable groceries to its clients.
For the full report, click here.