Miami Dade College demonstrates a commitment to fostering education and improving social welfare both inside and outside of the classroom. MDC Cares is an annual collegewide service project that brings students and faculty together to address issues affecting the local community. During the 2016-2017 academic year, MDC Cares addressed the issue of food insecurity with various initiatives, including the opening of student food pantries at the Homestead, Kendall, North and Wolfson campuses. Food pantries provide a means for students to stay focused during their academic studies despite any financial hardships they may face while pursuing a degree. Here, students in need have access to a variety of non-perishable items such as pasta, rice, canned tuna and microwave meals, as well as toiletries, baby food and formula. This fall the campus food pantries provided an invaluable lifeline for many students who were unable to work during the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. Other MDC Cares initiatives in 2017 included on- and off-campus food collection and distribution events hosted with community partners. For the 2017-2018 academic year, MDC Cares will focus on the theme of leadership development with several school supply drives and student leadership workshops. – AVG
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