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Student Health and Wellness Center for Success

Nourishing the Mind, Body, and Spirit
Resource Fair
Our community resource fair connects students, faculty, and staff with service providers in the community. They can offer wrap around services to support MC students and community success. Download the guide (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.) .

The Student Health and Wellness (SHaW) Center aims to provide holistic, person-centered services to promote students’ health and wellness by providing information and programming that addresses basic needs, and emotional, physical, spiritual, and social well-being. Our goal is to support students’ overall health and development to optimize their success at Montgomery College and beyond. 

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.

Volunteer distributing food at a Mobile Market
Basic Needs Security
Connecting students to food, hygiene, and other basic and social needs.
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Mental 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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Personal Safety Education
Explore our programs, resources, and events to prevent and raise awareness about sexual violence.
Yoga
Physical Wellness
Maintaining physical wellness and self-care is paramount for college students’ academic success. 

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 SHaW Center at shawcenter@montgomerycollege.edu. If you would like one-on-one support connecting to on-campus and community resources or need emergency assistance funding, see the Social Resource Program page.  

Community Resources

See the Montgomery County Community Resource Guide (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)  or search for county resources with the InfoMontgomerynew window.  For more community resources, check out the individual areas above.

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).   You can also send donations to our office at the Long Nguyen and Kimmy Duong Student Services Center (SV316) or use our Amazon Wishlistnew window

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  

Thanks for your interest in the Mobile Market. To get you started as a volunteer, we'll need just a bit of information. Please use this sign up formnew window to help at the Mobile Markets.
MC students who volunteer may become eligible for Montgomery College Service Awards including the Spirit of Service Certificate (20-99 hours) and the Spirit of Service Medallion (100+ hours). To be eligible, students must record volunteer hours in MC Servesnew window! For more information about service awards and programs, visit the Service-Learningnew window website. 
The Peer2Peer program provides opportunity, whether you want to receive help, refer a student for help, or assist a fellow student. Take a look at the ways you can get involved.