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
Join the Mid-County Hunger March on Sunday, Nov. 24MUM invites residents, organizations, businesses and congregations to participate in the 9th Annual Mid-County Hunger March on Sun., Nov. 24 in Wheaton.
The march raises awareness about persistent hunger in Montgomery County. MUM invites pantries and congregations to promote their food mission with marchers, signs, banners and bags of groceries. Grocery collections go to participating pantries.
Here are march details: We gather in the parking lot of the Presbyterian Church of the Atonement, 10613 Georgia Ave. at 3 p.m. on Sun., Nov. 24.
Marchers 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. There’s a reception immediately following the march. For more information, call MUM offices at 301–929–8675.
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 AreaRecent 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’s Holiday Events
Be Cool In The Pool For MUM!
It's that time of year for Scuba Santa, one of the area's most exhilarating food and fund drives benefiting MUM. On Sunday, Dec. 8, from noon to 4 p.m., visitors to the Olney Swim Center can have their picture taken underwater with Scuba Santa in return for a donation of nonperishable food or a $5 contribution to MUM.
Visitors who are at least 10 years old are eligible for Scuba, and they will receive safety instruction before being escorted to Scuba Santa. Those who do not meet minimum age or size requirements can be photographed with Scuba Santa at the surface or under water, holding their breath. Pre-registration is not required.
Scuba Santa wants you to help MUM, so make plans now to visit the Olney Swim Center on the afternoon of Sunday, Dec. 8! The center is located three miles south of Olney at the intersection of Georgia Avenue and Emory Lane. For more information, call 301-938-6220, or email ScubaSanta@ScubaAdventure.org.
See You At Westfield Wheaton Shopping Mall!
You'll find MUM volunteers sharing holiday cheer outside the Westfield Wheaton Costco for a food drive on Saturday, Dec. 14. Stop by our table and pick up a special Costco shopping list for the Capt. Joseph A. Mattingly Food Pantry operated by MUM. Your contribution of nonperishable groceries will help keep the shelves stocked at our busy pantry for the needy in downtown Wheaton.