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We are an open access college that prepares individuals to attain their goals and contribute to the community. Our students sometimes face obstacles which hinder their success at MCC. Because your success is extremely important to us, we are here to help you access MCC and community resources so you can focus on your education and thrive.

Our Student Advocacy and Accountability team is here to assist students, address their concerns, navigate their challenges and get connected to helpful resources within the community. 

If you are concerned about a MCC student who may be experiencing food, housing or funding insecurity, please let the Student Advocacy and Accountability Team know. Faculty and staff can reach out on behalf of a student through Student Referral Form or by contacting an Advocacy counselor at their location.

Students can contact an Advocacy counselor for assistance. These services address immediate and emergency needs.

Resources for Addressing Food Insecurity

Did you now a recent study by The Hope Center (2019) showed that nationwide, 50 percent of community college students don't have consistent access to adequate food and 60 percent face issues with unstable housing situations. Here are some resources to assist you:

Nebraska Summer Food Service Programs

Summer is here and Nebraska Summer Food Service Programs  sites are helping feed Nebraskan children to ensure everyone remains healthy throughout the summer. For more information about this program, visit Nebraska Appleseed site.

Heartland Food Bank

Heartland Food Bank is a non-profit organization that distributes food to 600 food pantries, schools and emergency shelters across Nebraska and Iowa. To see their food locations and monthly calendar, visit the Heartland Food Bank website.

SNAP

SNAP is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as the food stamp program. This program helps eligible students across Nebraska and Iowa who may meet the requirements apply for this valuable nutrition assistance. SNAP gross income guidelines do not apply to anyone that is a senior. It is possible you may qualify regardless of your income level if you are currently enrolled as a student. To find out if you eligible, contact a SNAP coordinator at 1-855-444-5556 or visit the SNAP website. For tips on healthy eating on a budget, visit the USDA website.

WOmen, Infants and Children (WIC)

WIC is a special supplemental nutrition program for Women, Infants and Children. WIC provides support services to pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women, infants and children up to age five. Applicants must meet income guidelines, live in the State of Nebraska and be individually determined to gross income requirements. Individuals who receive Aid to Dependent Children, Food Stamps and/or Medicaid are automatically eligible to receive WIC. Contact the Douglas/Sarpy County WIC office at 402-444-1770 or visit the WIC website for more information.

Together Inc.

Together is a homeless prevention organization, working to keep households in their homes, provide navigation services in rapid rehouse, financial, educational or employment assistance. If you are in a crisis and aren't sure where you will live tomorrow or next month, Together Inc. is available to assist you please contact the office at 402-345-8047 for requirements or visit Together Inc. website.

Resources for Addressing homelessness

Metro Area Continuum of Care for the Homeless is the Omaha metro area's only Collective Impact homeless services organization.

community resources to assist you in a variety of areas

  • Kim Foundation - provides education and resources related to mental illness and suicide prevention.

  • Education Quest - provides free college planning services, scholarship program and complete FAFSA applications.

  • Planned Parenthood - provides affordable healthcare and healthy sex education.

  • Heartland Family Services - therapeutic services for mental health and substance abuse issues.

  • Urban League - provides services for empowering youth, career support and finding affordable health services.

  • Friendship Program - offers adult day rehabilitation and community support services.

  • Center for Holistic Development - mental health services, educational programs and empowerment classes.

  • Autism Action - provides employment support services for adults with autism in the Omaha area. 

Want to support efforts to address hunger of MCC students? 

Our Get Help services address immediate and emergency needs. Donations can be made to the Student Food Insecurity Fund at Metropolitan Community College Foundation online donation page.  

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