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Community Food Rescue Grant Supports MC's Fuel for Success Food Campaign

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Category: Grants Update

Published: 2019-04-17 00:00:01.000

Last fall, Montgomery College received a Community Food Rescue mini-grant to support food security efforts. The Community Food Rescue program is a partnership between Manna Food Center, the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, and the Montgomery County Food Council.

The grant was used by the College's Student Health and Wellness (SHaW) Center for Success to support its Fuel for Success Food Campaign. The SHaW Center for Success is an initiative led by Student Affairs, and the goal is to reduce non-academic barriers that impede student success by focusing on the "whole student" to connect and provide students, along with faculty and staff, with resources that support students' mental and physical well-being (e.g., food security).

The Community Food Rescue grant enabled staff and volunteers of the College to assemble and distribute ready-to-eat "Grab & Go" snack bags to students. First piloted at the end of the 2017-18 academic year, students have shown great appreciation for the Grab & Go snack bags because they provide them with ready-to-eat food they can sustain them between classes, or on the way to work.

The Community Food Rescue grant enabled the SHaW Center for Success to distribute a total of 515 Grab & Go snack bags at all three campuses as students returned for the spring semester. Snack bags included items such as fruit snacks, mini pretzels, granola bars, cheese crackers, peanut butter, and applesauce. Volunteers were able to capture data about the students, including:
* Years of birth, which ranged from 1956 to 2004 with the majority of students born in 1998 (91), 1999 (117), and 2000 (101); and
* Information on zip codes, which indicated the majority of students resided in Silver Spring (173), Gaithersburg (89), and Germantown (78).

The SHaW Center for Success is planning to distribute Grab & Go snack bags up to three times per semester, and to increase distribution from 500 to 750 bags. To learn more about the Fuel for Success Food Campaign, please visit For more information about the SHaW Center for Success and all of its initiatives, contact Carmen Poston Travis, Director of Student Affairs and Initiatives, at 240-567-5253.

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