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RBHS Food Pantry is now open. Photo of paper bag filled with canned food

RBHS Food Pantry at Newark Health Sciences

Launching Fall 2021 to help mitigate food insecurity among students.canned food

Stop By and Stock Up

Students, faculty, and staff with a valid ID are invited to pick up pre-packed bags of shelf-stable groceries each week.

Starting November 2, the RBHS Food Pantry will offer 150 prepared meals on a first-come, first-served basis each Tuesday through January 15, 2022 (except December 28). Please bring your own bag to take the appropriate number of meals for yourself and those in your household. Local meal vouchers (one per person) will continue to be distributed through January 15, 2022.

Beginning October 12, we will ask food pantry clients to provide their name and demographic information when visiting the pantry. This information is confidential but is required by our partnership with the Community Food Bank of New Jersey.

Location

Stanley S. Bergen Building (SSB), GB03
65 Bergen Street
Newark, New Jersey 07107

SSB is easily accessed from the ground level entrance (GA) off Bergen Street ,or from Level 1 by the rear parking lot. With your Rutgers ID, you can access the building by showing security. Select GB on the elevator and once on GB the food pantry is down the hallway to the left; first door on the right.

For emergency access to the food pantry during non-operational hours, please email rbhsfoodpantry@rbhs.rutgers.edu.

Hours

Beginning September 14, the RBHS Food Pantry will be open every Tuesday from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Volunteers

We are seeking students—individuals and organizations/groups—to volunteer with a variety of efforts. Volunteering at the food pantry will be a great way to engage with RBHS student peers, promote community health and wellbeing, and support a culture of caring. Anticipated volunteer activities include:

  • Packaging and disseminating grab-and-go grocery bags
  • Documenting, organizing, and stocking food pantry inventory
  • Greeting and directing food pantry visitors during operating hours
  • Developing and distributing educational materials and content on topics including nutrition education, food security, and additional community resources

To get started, please fill out the Volunteer Interest Form.

Donations Welcome

Monetary donations can be made by visiting give.rutgers.edu/RBHSfoodpantry or by mailing a check to the address below with the memo "RBHS Food Pantry:"

Rutgers University Foundation
P.O. Box 193
New Brunswick, NJ 08903-0193

Food Donations Suggestions and Guidelines

We ask that you check the expiration date prior to the donation of any food items. We are not yet able to accept perishable items and cannot accept any food past the expiration date listed on the item.

List of requested items (this list is not exhaustive):

  • Cereal
  • Individual packets of oatmeal
  • Peanut butter
  • Jelly
  • Tuna/canned meats
  • Canned pasta/prepared meals
  • Dried beans
  • Pasta sauce
  • Pasta/mac & cheese
  • Rice (small bags/boxes)
  • Canned goods (soup, beans, fruit, vegetables)
  • Potatoes (instant, canned potatoes, yams)
  • Condiments (salad dressing, mayonnaise, etc.)
  • Snacks (granola bars, dried fruit, crackers, jello, pudding, etc.)
  • Beverages (shelf-stable milk, juice, etc.)

Food Drop Off Locations

  • SSB 135 (1st floor, SHP)
  • SSB 610 (6th floor, SON)
  • MSB B-648 (outside NJMS Student Affairs)
  • Room 1010 at SPH Newark (One Riverfront Plaza)

For questions related to food donation or monetary donations, please email rbhsfoodpantry@rbhs.rutgers.edu.

Why It Matters

As many as 42% of college students face food insecurity, with 81% saying that it impacts their academics. Nearly one quarter of our RBHS Newark students are food insecure, a situation only worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Insufficient access to nutritious food adversely affects not only physical and mental health but can reduce the likelihood of participating in learning activities. That’s why the RBHS Food Pantry was created.

Questions?

Email us at rbhsfoodpantry@rbhs.rutgers.edu.