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
Fighting Hunger and Giving Thanks
The 10th Annual Mid-County Hunger March, organized by MUM, drew about 120 participants on the Sunday before Thanksgiving to raise awareness about fighting hunger in the community. Marchers gathered in the parking lot of Presbyterian Church of the Atonement in the afternoon of Nov. 23 and walked nearly a mile north on Georgia Avenue, escorted by Montgomery police officers with Wheaton’s 4th District Station. MUM’s food pantry carries the name of the late Capt. Joseph A. Mattingly, Jr., a veteran Montgomery police officer who championed community service. Mattingly family members led the march along with supporters and clients of the nonprofit. Members of the First Alliance Church in Silver Spring brought more than 1,700 lbs. of donated food to the reception at MUM offices in downtown Wheaton. In addition, MUM staff distributed more than 75 donated frozen turkeys to clients at the event. MUM is grateful to its supporters, who work to make sure everyone has nourishing food!
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.
New Office Hours for MUM in 2015
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!