pantryRUN Food Pantry
There are many Rutgers University Newark students who skip meals because of lack of money. A national survey that included RU-N found that 20-25% of college students skip meals because they can’t afford sufficient food to eat every day. Students also use inexpensive, unhealthy food to help fill their plates. Studies show inadequate food can compromise a student's ability to perform well in class. Risk of hunger is higher for first generation students, students of color, working students and students receiving financial aid. What this tells us is that the risk of hunger is highly prevalent among our own student body at RU-N. We hope that, as the RU-N community learns more about the number of students struggling with food insecurity and the effect this has on their ability to graduate and succeed, we can all pull together to support the members of our learning community.
Work study students, Deja and Harsh.
In January 2017 we opened pantryRUN, a student-run food pantry, as a resource for our campus. We provide free, healthy food to students who cannot afford enough groceries to eat every day. As word spreads about this resource, the number of students we serve is growing quickly. Our first semester, Spring 2017, had a total of 261 visits to the pantry. It looks like we will at least double that number this term. Since opening the doors to pantryRUN, we've distributed over 4,500 pounds of food to our RU-N community. Our pantry offers non-perishable items including canned fruits and vegetables, healthy protein sources, whole grain pasta and cereal and a variety of shelf-stable dairy products, along with some personal care items.
Volunteer, Sina, stocks the shelves.
The majority of food on our pantry shelves comes through community food drives and donations. pantryRUN volunteers, campus groups, departments and organizations coordinate food drives on our behalf. However, with the growing number of students using the pantry we need financial donations to help fill the gaps and purchase additional groceries when our pantry shelves run low. Your donations will allow us to keep the pantry shelves stocked with nutritious food, will help decrease hunger on campus and will make life a little easier for struggling students.