USMH Awarded United Against Hunger Grant from UWWC

Pictured left to right: Dr. Jacob Ashby (Executive Director, University System of Maryland at Hagerstown), Bonnie Saunders (Student Support Coordinator, University System of Maryland at Hagerstown), and Kelli Tencer (Director of Community Impact and Investment, United Way of Washington County, MD).

HAGERSTOWN, MD– University System of Maryland at Hagerstown (USMH) was awarded a $1,000 United Against Hunger Grant from the United Way of Washington County in support of USMH’s newly established student food pantry. 

Wanting to alleviate the challenge some students may face with access to food, USMH established its food pantry earlier this fall to provide students with access to grab-and-go non-perishables. “With this grant, USMH will enhance its food pantry offerings to include healthy and fresh options for students with the purchase of a refrigerator and microwave,” said Bonnie Saunders, USMH student support coordinator. 

Saunders added, “We appreciate the support of our community partner, The United Way, who, through this grant, helped expand our capacity to meet the needs of our students.” 

Executive Director, Dr. Jacob Ashby shared, “USMH is excited to expand the newly established food pantry to support our students along their path to their academic goals. If students are struggling to meet their most basics needs, they cannot focus on learning.” Ashby added that the regional higher education center will continue to identify strategies to support our students and engage in the community. 

To learn more about or donate to USMH’s student food pantry, visit 

University System of Maryland at Hagerstown (USMH) partners with University System of Maryland (USM) institutions to provide affordable, regional programmatic offerings at the undergraduate and graduate levels that create socioeconomic mobility for students, meet workforce needs, and contribute to the economic vitality of the region. 

USMH is located at 32 W. Washington Street, Hagerstown. For more information about USMH, please visit    

United Way of Washington County is a volunteer-led local, human service charitable organization with a focus on Community Impact and Advancing the Common Good. We focus on Education, Financial Stability, and Health because these are the building blocks of a good quality of life and the pathway to opportunity. Changing situations will lead to improvement of our community’s quality of life. No single nonprofit alone can effectively improve our community – United Way works across the county to leverage resources, businesses, experts and other service providers to advance the common good. The essence of a prepared workforce and stable economy rests on our collective success in the areas of education, financial stability and health. 

UWWC is located at 88 W. Washington Street, Suite 101, Hagerstown. For more information about UWWC, please visit  

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