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Fueling Dragons

The Fueling Dragons programs at Howard Community College encompass a number of initiatives designed to meet the dual goals of: 1) providing immediate support for students who are facing hunger or food insecurity; and 2) working to build sustainable nutrition, food sourcing, and preparation skills through educational experiences and workshops. 

Support is needed for several programs within the Fueling Dragons initiatives.  

Campus Food Pantry 

Established in 2016, the campus food pantry provides access to nutritious food and personal care items, and is open to only Howard Community College students. Stock items are secured through a partnership with the Maryland Food Bank and generous donations from employees, students, Howard County businesses, and community members. Students have access to a variety of frozen meats and vegetables, fresh and non-perishable goods and personal care items. On average, the pantry gives over 2,300 pounds of food away each month to students in need.    

Organizations are invited to host food drives or donation drives to support the food pantry. For more information, contact 

Nutrition and Health Education 

A skills-based health education program that teaches students the importance of nutritional and sustainable food through basic cooking classes, container gardening, and a meal kit program. Students learn to improve their skills in the kitchen and use fresh produce in recipes through hands-on meal preparation workshops.   

Cooking Classes 

Through a series of cooking classes, students learn basic cooking skills such as reading a recipe, measuring ingredients, cutting and preparing vegetables, as well as safety measures for handling meats. The cooking classes highlight simple, healthy recipes with easy to find ingredients.  Instructional videos covering the same topics are available online for students to access at any time.  

Meal Kits 

Meal kits, available in the food pantry, complement the cooking classes. The meal-kits are packed with supplies to begin building a home pantry. Each meal-kit includes everything a student needs to prepare healthy meals at home, including recipes, food safety tips, and ingredients.  

Support these initiatives through funding and donations of fresh produce or kitchen tools. Contact the Foundation Office at, 443-518-1970 to learn more. 

For more information on help with daily essentials visit our Basic Needs page.

Fueling Dragons Supporters

Vivian “Millie” Bailey
Bank of America
Lillian Bauder
BIC Educational Foundation
Charlie & Rachel Camp
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
Chamberlain-Taylor Group at Morgan Stanley
James and Judy Grant
Jain Family Foundation
Lenaye Lawyer
MECCO, Inc. 
The Miller Family Foundation
Morgan Stanley Wealth Management
People Who Need People
Sandy Spring Bank
Wealthspire Advisors
The Wendy Slaughter Team of Elevate Real Estate
Whole Foods Market Columbia


Giving makes a difference! Your support helps students along their pathways to success.