Student Health and Wellness Center for Success

Nourishing the Mind, Body, and Spirit

Your health and wellness can have an impact on academic success. Our Student Health and Wellness Center for Success (SHaW Center) identifies, provides, and connects students to resources that support success. 

Some common challenges students face are access to health care, housing, food, mental health support, and personal safety. Montgomery College's network of community resources helps remove those obstacles to support your academic success.

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Fuel for Success Food Campaign
Through our mobile markets, campus food pantries, and other resources, we're here to make sure no student goes hungry. 
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Mental Health and Wellness
We have resources and programming, both in the community and on campus, to help students get and stay mentally healthy.
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Health and Safety Education
Explore our programs, resources, and events to prevent and raise awareness about sexual violence.

We urge any student who has difficulty accessing sufficient food to eat every day, or who lacks a safe and stable place to live, to contact the Dean of Student Affairs on your campus. Furthermore, please notify your professors if you are comfortable in doing so. This will enable the professor to provide any resources that they may possess. We know this can affect performance in your classes and Montgomery College is committed to your success.

Community Resources

See our listing of community resources and social services and the Montgomery County Community Resource Guide (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)

Get Involved

You can help others in need in a variety of ways. Choose which method works best for you. 

You can donate money through the MC Foundation (just note on your contribution that you want it to go to the food pantries). 

The food pantries are continually in need of snack foods as well as nonperishable items that can be taken home. Suggestions are listed below. 

Canned and Jarred Goods
- Beans, vegetables, fruits, soups, spaghetti sauce, meats, tuna fish, salmon, Vienna sausages, apple sauce, fruit cocktail
- Cooking oil, shortening sticks
- Condiments, such as ketchup, mustard, spices
- Peanut butter, jams, jellies

Dried Goods
- Rice, beans, peas, soup mixes, spaghetti, pasta, parmesan cheese, bread crumbs
- Instant scalloped and mashed potatoes
- Flour, sugar, cake mix, muffin mix, pancakes mix, dried milk, boxes of cereal

Baby Goods 
- Baby formula and baby food
- Bottled and canned beverages

Paper Goods
- Plates, cups, napkins
- Paper towels, tissues
- Toilet paper

Personal Hygiene Products

- Toothpaste, toothbrushes, dental floss
- Shampoo (hotel samples are perfect)
- Sanitary products
- Soaps, deodorants

Microwaveable, Ready to Eat Food:  

- Individually packaged dinners, meat or vegetarian individual meal servings
- Macaroni and cheese mixes, soups, oatmeal packets
- Breads, rolls, bagels (not more than a day old), potatoes

Snacks
- Dried fruits, raisins, nuts in small packages
- Fruit snacks, Pop Tarts, fruit cups, pudding
- Crackers (small packets of cheese or peanut butter), granola bars, pretzels
- Bags of assorted chips, pretzels, cheese balls, popcorn, etc.

Fresh Fruits
- Apples, oranges, bananas, grapes, pears, peaches, plums

Beverages
- Instant coffee, teabags, sugar, creamer, individual packets of hot chocolate
- Juice boxes
- Bottled water, canned beverages, juices

Cleaning Products
- Laundry detergent, dish soap, cleansers
- Paper and plastic shopping bags

Can Openers  

GivePulse is the site used by Montgomery College to organize and track volunteer hours and service learning.  SHaW posts our volunteer opportunities on the site for students and other MC community members to sign up and receive hours. Record your service-learning hours to be eligible for the College’s Spirit of Service Certificate (20-99 hours) and Medallion (100+ hours).  Go to the Montgomery College GivePulse page to create your account and start volunteering!
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