Published November 23, 2020

Last week, alumni and friends from Rutgers University–Newark and Rutgers University–Camden came together for a friendly competition to help put a dent in student hunger.

More than 200 generous supporters made gifts or donated food during the Raiders vs. Raptors Food Drive Challenge (November 10–17) to help ensure that hunger doesn’t threaten students’ ability to succeed. Gifts made during the competition will support the food pantries at Rutgers–Newark and Rutgers–Camden. PantryRUN and the Raptor Pantry provide reliable access to groceries and toiletries and connect students with needed campus services. Even though students are learning remotely, there’s a high demand at the pantries for groceries and support services this semester.

The Raiders vs. Raptors Food Drive Challenge was a tight competition: 105 donors supported pantryRUN and 115 donors supported the Raptor Pantry, making Rutgers–Camden the winner! Thanks to the efforts of dedicated alumni and friends, the Raptor Pantry will receive an additional $1,000 for winning the competition.

Hosted by the alumni engagement offices at Rutgers–Camden and Rutgers–Newark, the Raiders vs. Raptors Food Drive Challenge was inspired by Rutgers’ Charter Day. On November 10, 1766, William Franklin, the last Colonial governor of New Jersey, signed the charter establishing Queen’s College, the forerunner of Rutgers. In recent years, Rutgers has celebrated Charter Day as a day of service.

If you made a gift to support the challenge or posted about it online, thank you! And if you’re interested in stopping student hunger at Rutgers, the pantries at Rutgers–Camden, Rutgers–Newark, and Rutgers­–New Brunswick always welcome both monetary and in-kind donations.

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