Throughout the year, students, faculty, staff, alumni, and supporters of the university host food drives and fundraisers as well as develop educational initiatives that raise awareness about the issues of hunger affecting our state.
Click on the links below and take a look at how the Rutgers community is making a difference in New Jersey.
Rutgers Community Adopts 180 Families for Holiday Season
RAH Rallies For the Shore
Farm Gleaning at Giamarese Farm
SouperVan Donates 7,400 Meals to Elijah's Promise
Plant Sale to Benefit Rutgers Against Hunger
Rutgers Hillel Hosts Food Drive to Benefit Rutgers Against Hunger
Rutgers Professor Takes Action to Support RAH
• Student-Organized Rutgers Against Hunger Bake Sale Sells Out
• Bergen County 4-H Hosts RAH Food Drive at Master Gardener Fair
• Alloy Marketing and Rutgers Residence Life Donate Personal Hygiene Products
• Rutgers-Newark Alumni Host Annual Golf Outing in Support of RAH
• Office of Information Technology Hosts Third Annual Hot Dogs for Hunger
• Sweetly Inspired, Deliciously Desired: Rutgers Student Bakers Raise Money
• Blueclaws and RAH Collect Food For Your Grandmother’s Cupboard
• Riversharks and RAH Collect Food for the Food Bank of South Jersey
• Lippincott Hall Government and Resident Assistants Raise Money for RAH
• Society of Women Engineers Hosts Bake Sale Benefitting RAH
• National Society of Collegiate Scholars Food Donation
• SMLR Associate Professor Celebrates Tenure With Donation to RAH
• Thank You University Facilities Maintenance
• Thank You Waste Management
On Wednesday, February 13, the Rutgers Office of Research Alliance (ORA) Research Technologies Exchange hosted its annual research summit and technologies expo at the Busch Campus Center. In conjunction with this year's expo, a fundraiser in support of Rutgers Against Hunger also take place.
All vendors and attendees were encouraged to donate nonperishable food and/or toiletry items for Rutgers Against Hunger partner charities which include local soup kitchens, food pantries, food banks and emergency shelters.
At the conclusion of the event, 350 lbs. of food was collected and delivered to the Five Loaves Food Pantry in New Brunswick.
Thank you to event coordinator, David Sadowski, and everyone who contributed to the RAH drive!
RAH Intern, Shabina Permaul, hand delivers food collected during
the RORTE Expo to Five Loaves Food Pantry
February is American Heart Health month and in honor of the month-long initiative, Rutgers University will sponsor a bevy of activities to raise awareness and support the fight against heart disease.
Beginning on Friday February 1 and continuing through February 28, Rutgers Against Hunger will host a "heart healthy" food drive to benefit local food pantries. Donors are asked to support the efforts of RAH by delivering heart healthy foods such as beans, oatmeal, tuna, salmon, raisins, and nuts to RAH collection bin locations throughout the New Brunswick campus.
In addition to RAH's effort to collect heart healthy foods, Rutgers Student Life and University Facilities encourage the university community to wear red on Friday, February 1 in support of the American Heart Association's "10th Annual National Wear Red Day".
Supporters are also encouraged to join in for a group photo at 6:00 p.m. in front of the Douglass (1/30), Rutgers (1/31), or Livingston Student Center (2/1) or the Werblin Recreation Center (2/1) as they glow red throughout the evening.
Monetary contributions to the American Heart Association will also be accepted at any Student Center Information Desk from Monday - Friday.
The past several months have been incredibly challenging for New Jersey residents, and despite these difficulties, the Rutgers community has once again shown its strength and resilience by continuing to support our neighbors in need through the Rutgers Against Hunger Adopt-A-Family campaign.
A very special thanks to all sponsors for making RAH’s fourth annual Adopt-A-Family program a tremendous success. The kindness displayed by the university community and each participant's commitment to the program made the holiday season much more enjoyable for RAH's adopted families and will have an enormous impact on them as they start the New Year.
This year’s campaign provided support and comfort to 180 families from 13 social service agencies across New Jersey; 654 boxes filled to the brim with food, clothing, and gift donations were delivered to these families. In total, 234 adults and 424 children were benefactors of the generosity of 141 Rutgers departments and individual sponsors. Despite the traumatic effects of Hurricane Sandy and a struggling economy, the sponsors in this year’s Adopt-A-Family program provided food and gifts for 86 more people than in 2011.
Rutgers Against Hunger is extremely thankful for Dianne Gravatt and her University Facilities staff for all of their hard work executing the pickup and delivery all donated items. Their dedication to the Adopt-A-Family program is essential to its continued success.
On behalf of the Rutgers Againt Hunger team, a sincere thanks to our New Brunswick and Newark sponsors for their role in helping to brighten the holiday season for so many families facing obstacles.
When the state of New Jersey was in need of assistance due to the damage and destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy, Rutgers University faculty, students, and staff joined forces to take action.
Since the October 29 storm, Rutgers Against Hunger's online food drive has yielded over $6,300 worth of food donations for the Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties while the university's SAS Transfer Center collected over 9,000 lbs. of nonperishable food, baby supplies, personal hygiene products, cleaning supplies, and pet necessities for Sandy affected communities along the shore and across Atlantic City.
On Saturday, December 1, Barbara Retzko and the Voorhees Choir collected monetary donations totaling $533.70 during the choir's Annual Candlelight Concert. These funds will be used to purchase grocery store gift cards for families throughout shore communities.
The university's Treasury Operations and Eagleton Institute of Politics collected approximately 500 lbs. of various food, household, hygiene, and baby supplies which were delivered to the Bradley Beach and Belmar area.
The SouperVan has been on the road since October 31 visiting some of the state's hardest hit areas distributing free hot soup and meals and will continue visiting areas through the end of the fall semester and beyond.
We thank you for your support and for staying Jersey Strong!
FARM GLEANING AT GIAMARESE FARM
November 1, 2012
In celebration of Food Day on October 24, a late harvest gleaning at Giamarese Farm was organized by Rutgers to provide fresh collard greens to the Franklin Food Bank.
Student, faculty, and staff volunteers from Rutgers' School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, along with with Farmers Against Hunger and Rutgers Against Hunger, worked together to harvest crops for those in need.
In ancient times, farmers would leave a portion of their crops in the field for the poor and hungry to take for their personal nourishment. This was called the gleaning. Today, several New Jersey farmers encourage recognized groups to organize a gleaning and to deliver the produce to food banks and soup kitchens.
A big thanks to SEBS and all the volunteers who supported this effort!
On Monday, October 22, the SouperVan celebrated its official Grand Opening on the Cook/Douglass Campus of Rutgers University.
As part of the celebration, the SouperVan announced that since its inception on Rutgers New Brunswick campus in 2011, 7,400 free meals have been provided at Elijah's Promise Soup Kitchen. On hand to commememorate the occasion were SouperVan founders Nik Kubian, Dominick Rodriguez, and Paul Dereval along with Lisanne Finston, Executive Director of Elijah's Promise, and Leslie Fehrenbach, Secretary of the University.
Every meal purchased at the SouperVan provides a free meal for someone at Elijah's Promise. With the energy and excitement of the SouperVan picking up, thousands of additional meals will be provided by the end of the fall semester.
While the SouperVan is currently located on the university's Cook/Douglass Campus, plans to expand service to the Busch and Livingston campuses are in the works. In the meantime, be sure to visit the SouperVan on Monday's and Thursday's from 11:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. on Nichol Avenue across from the Douglass Campus Center.
Christina Bilinski, Manager of Training and Development for Rutgers University's Human Resources Department and RAH Building Captain for ASB II on the Cook Campus, recently annouced the launch of her annual plant sale to benefit Rutgers Against Hunger.
"Plants make you happier, healthier, and more productive," said Bilinski. "It’s fall and the leaves will soon be off the trees, so it’s the perfect time to add some greenery to your workspace."
This fall marks the second plant sale fundraiser Bilinski has organized since joining RAH as a Building Captain in 2011. Coordinating creative events/fundraisers and spearheading food drives in campus buildings are what RAH Building Captains like Bilinski do throughout the year. Their time and commitment go a long way in helping RAH to support local hunger-fighting agencies.
Thank you, Christina for all that you do to support Rutgers Against Hunger!
RUTGERS HILLEL HOSTS FOOD DRIVE TO BENEFIT RUTGERS AGAINST HUNGER
October 1, 2012
From September 17 through September 25, Rutgers Hillel hosted a High Holidays food drive to benefit Rutgers Against Hunger.
At the conclusion of the one week drive, Rutgers Hillel donated 65 lbs. of nonperishable food items to RAH who in turn will donate the food to Your Grandmother's Cupboard, a hunger-fighting agency with locations throughout New Jersey.
A sincere thank you to all who participated in this past September's Hillel food drive!
September is Hunger Action Month and on Thursday, September 6, action is what economics Professor Jeff Rubin had in mind for his first day of class.
"Each semester, I'll use my first class to pose the question: Why is a can of tuna is on the shelf when you go to the store?' It turns out that if you think about this, you will find that you actually know a lot more economics than you think", says Rubin.
"Generally, I hold an imaginary can of tuna in my hand but I was thinking that this year, to make the point, I would ask everyone to bring a can of tuna to class. This way it might actually allow me to make my main point and several other points that we will cover later in the course in a way that students will remember".
To teach the lesson and encourage action, Professor Rubin asked each of his students to bring in one can of tuna fish and donate it to Rutgers Against Hunger.
After class, Rutgers University Facilities delivered approximately 30 cans of tuna to the RAH office on College Avenue. In turn, Rutgers Against Hunger will donate those cans of tuna to a hunger fighting agency in New Jersey.
Every can makes a difference in the lives of those suffering from hunger. Thank you to Professor Rubin and students from his Introduction to Microeconomics class who helped fight hunger this September!
On February 1, Vidhi Desai, Hall Director for the Henderson Apartments, presented RAH with a $156 donation collected from residents of the hall.
To raise money for Rutgers Against Hunger, Desai and members of her staff went door to door requesting assistance from hall residents. Residents were encouraged to donate only what they could afford and in the end, everything from pennies to $20 bills were collected which resulted in a monetary donation that will hep support New Jersey residents in need of assistance.
Thank you to Vidhi and all members of the Henderson Apartments for your significant contribution to Rutgers Against Hunger!
(Pictured) Vidhi Desai (center) and members of the Henderson Apartments Staff.
In conjuction with the spring semester, seven New Brunswick-area Rutgers University Bookstores hosted a fundraiser in support of RAH. Customers were encouraged to donate $1 at checkout while purchasing the books for their semester. In total, the Rutgers University Bookstore Fundraiser collected $3,163 for RAH. Thank you to to Barnes & Noble College Booksellers and the Rutgers community for your continued support of RAH!
In conjuction with September's "Hunger Action Month," seven New Brunswick-area Rutgers University Bookstores hosted a fundraiser in support of RAH. For each $1 donation that was made, the Rutgers University Bookstore matched it, up to a total of $2,500. The resulting $2 donation provided state food banks access to up to 30 pounds of food for local food pantries. In total, the Rutgers University Bookstore Fundraiser collected $4,596 for RAH. Thank you to all who donated.
On Saturday, July 30, 2011, Student-Organized Rutgers Against Hunger (SO RAH) hosted their first-ever event: a summer bake sale at the New Brunswick Community Farmers Market.
Members of SO RAH's Executive Board baked homemade zucchini bread and carrot cake muffins which were sold at the farmers market for $1 each. Following their market sale, the students transported the baked goods to Rutgers' Queens Quad where faculty and staff capitalized on the opportunity to purchase the delicious treats and support a great cause in the process. Funds raised through SO RAH's bake sale will help the organization support several New Jersey-based food banks, pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters.
SO RAH will be in action again on Tuesday, August 30, at the university's Involvement Fair where they will welcome first-year students and host a special raffle! For more information on SO RAH, please visit their Facebook page.
(Pictured) SO RAH executive board members Niki, Mira, and Anna, along with RAH intern, Liz, and SO RAH staff advisor, Chris, display their freshly baked goods at the New Brunswick Community Farmers Market.
On August 6, 2011, the Bergen County 4-H program hosted its annual 4-H and Master Gardener Fair at Van Saun County Park in Paramus. In conjunction with the fair, Bergen County 4-H organized a food drive in support of RAH. Approximately 300 pounds of food was collected at the event and donated to the Pascack Food Center in Park Ridge.
Thank you to our friends from the Bergen County 4-H program for their continued support of RAH.
A special thanks to Alloy Marketing and Rutgers University Residence Life for their recent donation of 1,600 "Ready U Sample Packs" to RAH. Ready U Sample Packs for males and females were donated to several RAH partner organizations including the Greater Brunswick Charter School, Women Aware, Inc., and the Ozanam Men's Shelter. The Ready U male packs contained sample-size deodorant, body wash, body spray, laundry detergent, toothpaste, and a Tide to Go full-size stick. The Ready U female kits contained sample size deodorant, facial products, laundry detergent, toothpaste, feminine products, and a Tide to Go full size stick.
Thank you to Alloy Marketing and Residence Life for their generous donation and support of those in need!
The Annual Rutgers–Newark Alumni Golf Outing on July 8 raised $1,960 for RAH. The funds raised were donated to Apostle's House in Newark to help stock their food pantry. Special thanks to the Rutgers–Newark Alumni Association for their support and partnership with the Rutgers University Alumni Association, and to event prize sponsors Johnston Communications, Reydel VW, and Rutgers–Newark Athletics.
Thank you to all event participants for their support of RAH.
On Thursday, June 16, Rutgers University's Office of Information Technology hosted a Hot Dogs for Hunger summer BBQ in support of RAH. The event, the third of its kind, was held at Johnson Park in Piscataway and featured a hot dog lunch for any member of the Office of Information Technology who donated a nonperishable food item or made a monetary contribution. In total, 550 pounds of food were collected and approximately $700 was raised during the hour and a half event. Following the event, all nonperishable food was picked up by Rutgers University Facilities and delivered to Women Aware, Inc., a New Brunswick-based organization that provides support and shelter for victims of domestic violence.
Thank you to the Office of Information Technology for their ongoing support of RAH!
(Pictured) Members of the Office of Information Technology proudly display their 550-pound donation!
The Rutgers Student Bakers recently made a $350 donation to Rutgers Against Hunger in conjunction with the club's Rutgers Day cupcake decorating sale. Rutgers Student Bakers is the first organization of its kind at the university. The organization is affiliated with Share Our Strength's Great American Bake Sale, a nonprofit organization that seeks to end childhood hunger in the United States by raising funds with bake sales across the country as well as Rutgers Against Hunger.
Club members have made cake pops, homemade Girl Scout Cookies, Fudge, and over 1000 cupcakes in the hopes of raising awareness and funds for these great causes. Rutgers Against Hunger is grateful for the support offered by the Rutgers Student Bakers—together we can help end hunger in New Jersey!
(Pictured) The Rutgers Student Bakers showcase their cupcake decorating station at Rutgers Day.
The Lakewood BlueClaws recently partnered with Rutgers Against Hunger to host a Strike Out Hunger Memorial Day food drive at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood. Over 150 pounds of food were collected and donated to Toms River-based charity, Your Grandmother's Cupboard. Any fan that donated at least two nonperishable food items received a complimentary ticket voucher for a Sunday–Thursday BlueClaws game in June.
Thank you to the Lakewood BlueClaws for their support of Rutgers Against Hunger!
The Camden Riversharks partnered with Rutgers Against Hunger to host a Strike Out Hunger food drive at their games on Saturday, May 14, and Sunday, May 15. Despite the rainy weather, the Riversharks managed to collect approximately 100 pounds of food for the Food Bank of South Jersey. Any fan that donated a nonperishable food item received a complimentary ticket for that day's game.
Thank you to the Camden Riversharks for their support of Rutgers Against Hunger!
Students representing the Lippincott Hall Government and Lippincott Hall Resident Assistants recently donated more than $115 to Rutgers Against Hunger. To help raise money, students sold candy grams and hosted programming events for residents. Instead of charging a fee, Lippincott Hall organizers asked fellow residents to pledge money or donate nonperishable food items to participate in the various events.
Thank you Lippincott Hall for your support of Rutgers Against Hunger and for making a difference.
(Pictured) Lippincott Hall residents hard at work raising money for RAH!
Members of the Society of Women Engineers recently joined forces with sisters from the engineering sorority Phi Sigma Ro to host a bake sale for Rutgers Against Hunger. More than $300 was raised at the event, which featured goods baked by women from both organizations. The bake sale was spearheaded by Aishwarya Sridharan, community service chair for the Society of Women Engineers. "I chose RAH as the recipient of monies raised from our bake sale because I always wanted to eradicate hunger on a global level, so first I thought I would start with a Rutgers organization," said Sridharan.
Thank you Aishwarya and everyone from the Society of Women Engineers and Phi Sigma Ro for your support of Rutgers Against Hunger!
A sincere thanks to the National Society of Collegiate Scholars for their ongoing support of RAH. Yang Wan, Secretary of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, recently visited RAH on two separate occasions to hand deliver more than 180 pounds of food collected by society members. All food will be donated on behalf of RAH to food banks, pantries, and soup kitchens across New Jersey.
Growing up, Niki Dickerson von Lockette was taught the importance of sharing with those in need, so when the School of Management and Labor Relations associate professor was recently awarded tenure, she wanted to observe her special moment by continuing to do the same.
“It was important to me to celebrate my tenure, but even more important to incorporate giving back as a part of it,” said Dickerson von Lockette. “We can change our everyday practices and stretch them to include others who aren’t so fortunate.”
As part of Dickerson von Lockette’s tenure celebration, she encouraged fellow colleagues, friends, and family to donate nonperishable items to Rutgers Against Hunger. In the end, her generosity and kindness yielded food donations totaling 250 pounds, all of which was donated to the food pantry at Greater Brunswick Charter School.
“I feel tremendously grateful for this opportunity,” said Dickerson von Lockette. “I hope this can encourage others to do something similar.”
We congratulate Niki Dickerson von Lockette and thank her for her generous support of RAH!
THANK YOU UNIVERSITY FACILITIES MAINTENANCE
Rutgers Against Hunger gives a very special thank-you to University Facilities Maintenance for their ongoing support! This team continues to be instrumental in RAH's success by delivering food bins, collecting food, and delivering donations to various recipients each week.
WM looks for ways to partner with the customers and communities we serve. WM is proud to join Rutgers University as part of Rutgers Against Hunger. RAH is an organization that works to improve the quality of life in the community. As a company, WM focuses their efforts on programs that make the neighborhoods we live and work in stronger.