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SHaW Center Offers Free Food and More to Students

Earlier this semester, the Student Health and Wellness Center held the debut of their Mobile Market service for the Fall 2023 semester in line with their purpose to provide health and wellness services that aim to aid student’s well-being. Another service that the SHaW (Student Health and Wellness) Center offers is Food Banks. 

Effie Odhiambo, a General Studies: Social Sciences, Administration and Health Core student said she enjoyed the accessibility of the Food Banks and pantries on campus. The pantries are available on campus in the Commons, Pavillion 4, and the Student Services Center. 

“After I used the service, I have taken to telling my friends and anyone that needs support to visit the SHaW Center,” said Odhiambo.

The food pantry schedule is displayed on a shelf located next to the Digital Learning Center. (Photo credit, Simret Aleligne)

Daniel Korobtchenko, a Peer Navigator for the SHaW Center said that the center does not just empower students to do their best, it empowers those who work there as well.  

“One of my favorite parts of working at the SHaW Center is being able to help new students adjust to campus life,” said Korobtchenko. “I like explaining the SHaW Center’s purpose to any students needing support. Working at the SHaW Center will allow anyone to feel more accomplished and more confident in who they are.”  

Angela Dawson, Program Coordinator at the SHaW Center said that the Mobile Market is one of the SHaW Center’s most popular events at Montgomery College. One of the events she wanted more students to attend more often is the Personal Safety Education and mental and physical wellness events.  

“We aim to support student’s wellness and give them a place to feel listened to, cared for, and given proper direction when lost,” Dawson said.

The food locker on the first floor of the Nunley Student Center next to the Public Safety Office. (Photo credit, Simret Aleligne)


The SHaW Center hosted a Mobile Market on the Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus in September. It provides fresh produce and canned non-perishable goods to MC students and the community. 

Sergio Washington, the former Student Affairs Initiative Program Manager spoke about the Mobile Market and how it impacts the community.  

“My favorite part of the Mobile Market is seeing people smile,” Washington said.  

There was a small number of volunteers helping that day, but all students are welcome to volunteer. Volunteering with the SHaW Center can make students eligible for service hours.  

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Amal Barrow
Amal Barrow, Staff Writer
Amal Barrow joined The Excalibur in the Fall 2023 semester as a Staff Writer. She is a General Studies: Social Sciences, Administration, and Health Core major. Amal's pastimes include writing short stories, art, and spending time at the library.
Simret Aleligne
Simret Aleligne, Photo Editor
Simret Aleligne joined The Excalibur as a photographer in the fall of 2023.
Jada Hoffman
Jada Hoffman, Photographer and Staff Writer
Jada Hoffman joined The Excalibur as a photographer in the spring of 2022. She is based at the Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus and is completing her AA in aerospace engineering. She was the Photo Editor, managing photo editing and staff photography, for the Excalibur in the fall of 2022. She joined the Excalibur to expand her love for photography.

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