Rutgers Against Hunger (RAH) is a universitywide initiative working to address the issues of hunger across the state of New Jersey. By bringing together the resources of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, RAH works to increase awareness of hunger, encourage activism and service to tackle hunger, stimulate research to assist those in need, and provide immediate relief through food drives and other events to raise money and collect food.
RAH enlists the assistance of Rutgers students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the concerned public in efforts to stock food banks, provide consumer education on nutrition, deliver technical and organizational support to community groups, and conduct research toward improving food production, packaging, and distribution.
“Rutgers has been New Jersey’s land-grant university for more than a century. As such, Rutgers and the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station have pursued research and developed educational programs to benefit the state’s farmers, consumers, and businesses,” said former Rutgers president Richard L. McCormick. “But as the economic crisis puts more children and adults at risk because they do not have enough to eat, we have a responsibility to do more to help them with our considerable resources in these areas.”
RAH partners with the New Jersey Federation of Food Banks, which includes the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, the Food Bank of South Jersey, the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, the Mercer Street Friends Food Bank, and NORWESCAP Food Bank, as well as several other community food banks and pantries throughout the state to distribute collected food, monetary donations, and product donations across New Jersey.