Mattie N. Dixon Community Cupboard, Inc.
We are a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization that has been meeting the needs of local individuals and families whose incomes fall at or below the Federal Government Poverty Guidelines for over 40 years.
The Cupboard was founded by Mattie N. Dixon, a longtime resident of Ambler and a true visionary. In response to learning that people in her community were going hungry, she started serving families out of her basement in 1973. As word spread of Mattie’s generosity and others joined her efforts, she moved to several other homes for her service, including Zion Baptist Church, Church of the Brethren, and 57 Butler Ave. In 2004, with help from the community and the Ambler Rotary Club, Mrs. Dixon was able to purchase our current building on Main Street.
The Cupboard has come a long way over the years! We have expanded to include an extensive list of food items, a Boutique with clothing and household items, a nurse screening program (provided by Abington Health Community Health), educational programs, housing referrals and financial aid in emergency situations and back to school program.
In 2015 we were delighted to add the Community Connections program. Community Connections offers the people of Montgomery County “a path to services, access, and advocacy.” A navigator is on-site every Wednesday from 9am to 11am.
The Cupboard also started a job assistance program the same year with the help of a dedicated volunteer who is available a few days a week. She has computer access and is able to help families find and apply for jobs, as well as assist with resume building and job skills.
We have strong relationships in our community with First Presbyterian Church of Ambler, Ambler Borough, Ambler Farmers market, Philabundance, CADCOM, Ft. Washington Business Alliance, Weavers Way, Whitpain Township, Upper Dublin Township, Mulhern & Kulp, all local schools and many local businesses.
Our food pantry is governed by volunteer board members, with an Executive Director in charge of overall operations. Our Board meets once a month to review programs, financials and other matters.
To facilitate the concept of “neighbors helping neighbors” without regard to race, creed or national origin, by:
- Coordinating the collection of money, food, clothing, furniture, and household items.
- Providing these items to people in need.
- Connecting people with programs and agencies that can help meet their needs.
- Developing and advocating for programs which strengthen families under stress.
We strive to keep families together by providing goods and services to them so they can become more self-sufficient over time.