RBHS Food Pantry at Newark Health Sciences
The RBHS Food Pantry will be open every Tuesday from 12:30 to 3 p.m.
For emergency access to the food pantry during non-operational hours, please email email@example.com.
Stop By and Stock Up
Students, faculty, and staff with valid IDs are invited to “shop” at the RBHS Food Pantry using our order request form each week. Order forms will be provided during “shopping” hours.
Beginning October 12, we will ask food pantry clients to provide their names 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.
Participants must register in our Pantry Database before “shopping." In addition, you must check in every week when you visit the pantry.
For students, if you can not make it on pantry day, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org to request an order form to fill out and return. Then, we can schedule a time to pick up your bag.
Please note we no longer have bags to give out, so it is recommended that you bring your bag when you visit the pantry.
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.
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
Available volunteer shifts:
- Mondays: 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
- Tuesdays: 12 - 1:30 p.m. and 1:30 - 3 p.m.
To get started, please fill out the Volunteer Interest Form.
To donate to the food pantry, view the lists of suggested items and drop off locations below. You can also donate food directly to the food pantry from our Amazon wish list or send us similar items from a vendor of your choice.
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
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):
- Individual packets of oatmeal
- Peanut butter
- 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.)
- Hygienic items (shampoo, body wash, toothpaste/tooth brush, etc.)
- Sanitizing wipes
- Period products
- Baby wipes
- Laundry detergent
- SSB 135 (1st Floor SHP)
- SSB 353 (3rd Floor SHP)
- Room 1010 at SPH Newark (One Riverfront Plaza)
For large donations, please email email@example.com to coordinate drop off.
Mitigating Food Insecurity
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 RBHS Food Pantry was created and launched in Fall 2021.