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Mission Statement

Building trust, understanding and genuine relationships between members of our community, across all classes and cultures, through providing dignified, efficient, and abundant access to healthy foods.

Description

MCM provided ~900,000 pounds of food, roughly 75,000 lbs. of food per month, much of it meats, dairy and produce, to
nearly 2,600 different families, and roughly 9,000 individuals.
- In 2016/17 we researched, designed and implemented Martha’s Coop; a food co-op/pantry hybrid that
increases frequency of access to healthy food, removes stigma via a membership model, and offers leadership
skills & community building opportunities.

When people walk through our doors and either access or participate in running our programs, they are not just "getting food" or "giving service". We have designed our programs to achieve the following "stacked" outcomes while running a basic food pantry opening, or a coop meeting.

Understanding/Growth (Long Term Impact)
The start of healing traumas; building trust across class, race & cultural lines, access to upward mobility, and listening to and incorporating community input

Community

Resource sharing, Friendships, Community buy-in and ownership of programs, Community Cooperation, Open portal to services within and beyond the walls of CSS.

Dignity

Open Communication, Stigma Reduction, Client Focused Engagement & Integration, Genuine Human Encounters

Healthy Food Access

Choice model, Healthy foods, Nutritional education

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