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
Mid-County Hunger March on Sun., Nov. 23
Walk with volunteers from Mid-County United Ministries (MUM) and join those fighting hunger in our community. The 10th annual Mid-County Hunger March takes place on Nov. 23, the Sunday before Thanksgiving, as we support our neighbors who struggle with food insecurity.
We will gather at 3 p.m. on Sunday in the parking lot of the Presbyterian Church of the Atonement, 10613 Georgia Ave.
We will walk three-quarters of a mile along Georgia Avenue to the Mid-County Regional Services Center, 2424 Reedie Dr. in Wheaton, where MUM's pantry and offices are located. A reception immediately follows the march.
We invite local pantries, community groups and congregations to bring marchers, signs, banners and bags of groceries. Grocery collections will go to participating pantries.
Let's honor Thanksgiving by making sure everyone has a seat at the table.
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.
Taste of Wheaton Serves Up Food & FundsLarge crowds at the June 8 Taste of Wheaton brought a festive spirit and helped raise sizable funds for MUM, the beneficiary of the popular annual event organized by the Wheaton Urban District. MUM volunteers sold tickets to the food and wine tasting tent sponsored by Safeway. Westfield Wheaton, another major sponsor, raised donations to MUM with its spinning prize wheel. Ticket sales, sales of commemorative wine glasses and individual donations raised nearly $4,700 for MUM to help needy residents in the community.
We are grateful for the support of the Wheaton Urban District and Taste of Wheaton sponsors.