Published November 17, 2021

Every year after Thanksgiving, the Rutgers community rallies around #GivingTuesday, a global, daylong philanthropic event bringing people together to support important causes. When #GivingTuesday 2021 arrives on November 30, the scarlet community will focus on strengthening student food pantries, as it has in the past. This year, however, donors to Rutgers’ food pantries have more options than ever for how to participate.

Food-assistance facilities have been helping students in Camden, Newark, and New Brunswick for several years. But until recently, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS) lacked a dedicated food pantry paralleling those in the university’s other chancellor-led units. That changed on November 2, when the RBHS Food Pantry at Newark Health Sciences opened its doors.

Now students enrolled in any RBHS school can stop by the pantry at 65 Bergen Street and pick up pre-packed bags of shelf-stable groceries each week. The pantry is a welcome addition to the family of facilities pushing back against food insecurity at Rutgers, and it’s important to remember what keeps all of them running: financial donations.

When anyone in our beloved community—at RBHS or any other university location—has to choose between paying the rent and eating, that’s unacceptable. The good news is that you can put a dent in hunger at Rutgers—and help the university make good on its promise to students: to create pathways to a better world. Please keep that promise alive on November 30 and make a gift.

Are you interested in joining a friendly face-off for Rutgers food pantries? The alumni engagement offices at Rutgers University–Camden and Rutgers University–Newark are holding a fun competition to see which location can garner the most support. Take part in the Raptors vs. Raiders Food Drive Challenge and make a lasting impact.

No matter where you choose to focus your generosity, please participate in #GivingTuesday, November 30! A gift of any size will help alleviate hunger and food insecurity in the scarlet community. Please show your support and be part of this vital effort. Your generosity will help ensure that Rutgers students can achieve their goals and reach for their dreams.

Stop Student Hunger

Food pantries at every Rutgers University location provide hundreds of meals each semester to students in need.