Whether educating youngsters about proper nutrition as part of 4-H programs, encouraging urban residents to grow vegetable gardens, helping New Jersey farmers to develop crops favored by new immigrants, or assisting families on food stamps, Rutgers is working to address hunger-related issues in New Jersey—and beyond.
At Rutgers, the university’s missions of education, research, and service come together in a broad spectrum of efforts to tackle the complex conditions leading to hunger and food insecurity through the university’s New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station Cooperative Extension, New Jersey Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (NJ SNAP-Ed) program, and Food Policy Institute.
The New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station is the research and outreach arm of Rutgers. Rutgers Cooperative Extension agents and specialists deliver wide-ranging educational programs in the areas of agriculture, fisheries, urban and community outreach, youth development, and related areas of economic and workforce development across New Jersey.
NJ SNAP-Ed consists of the SNAP-Ed Program and the SNAP-Ed Support Network. Both are headquartered in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at Rutgers’ School of Environmental and Biological Sciences.