Welcome to the Rutgers Student Food Pantry


  • Who Qualifies
    • Any student at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. You just need a Rutgers ID card.


  • Hours of Operation/Locations
    • Monday: Closed
    • Tuesday:  12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
    • Wednesday: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
    • Thursday: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
    • Friday: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Mobile Food Pantry: Tuesday, 2 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

**If these hours do not work with your schedule, please contact us – we will make arrangements with you that suit your needs. Please contact Off-Campus Living and Community Partnerships at

**Holiday hours may vary. Please check social media (Instagram and Facebook) for changes to the operating schedule.

About the Rutgers Student Food Pantry

  • History

Being food insecure means having limited or uncertain access to a sufficient quantity of food (USDA, 2011). Started in Fall 2016, the Rutgers Student Food Pantry is of one of the over 20 food pantries in New Brunswick. It exclusively serves Rutgers students and is located at the College Ave Student Center, Room 115 (126 College Ave). The pantry is stocked by donations from Rutgers Against Hunger, Replenish, and private donations.


  • Statistics


  • Impact Since March 2020
    • # of total visits – around 3000 student visits to pantry. Student can visit the pantry once per week.
    • # of unique visitors – over 500 since March 2020. Many of these students have families they are supporting, so numbers of individuals supported via the Rutgers Student Food Pantry is greater.


  • Run a Drive

    Collect food and/or monetary donations for the Rutgers Student Food Pantry. There are a few models for how to hold a food drive. This guide focuses on the “single-site drop-off” model, where people bring food donations to a place, on a specific date, where volunteers are waiting to receive it.
    “There are people in the world so hungry that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread.” Mahatma Gandhi.

To learn more about how to run a drive for the Rutgers Student Food Pantry, review our step-by-step guide.

  • Ambassadors

Looking for a way to volunteer with the Rutgers Student Food Pantry? We need Social Media Ambassadors who have a network of Scarlet Knights with whom they can share information about the Rutgers Student Food Pantry and the services we offer to the Rutgers University- New Brunswick community.

Overview: Ambassadors help disseminate content for various social media platforms. Social Media Ambassadors help us reach more students and serve as a valuable asset to the Rutgers Student Food Panty’s outreach efforts.

Activities and Programs: The time commitment for this volunteer role is about an hour per month. Ambassadors help promote the pantry, events related to the pantry, spread news and information about food insecurity, and engage with fellow Scarlet Knights through online social networks. Ambassadors can accomplish this in many ways:

Like, comment on, share, and retweet posts from Rutgers Student Food Pantry social media accounts.

Tweet from events and encourage others to do the same (language will be provided).

Post photos on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter related to the Rutgers Student Food Pantry (graphics/photos will be provided).

Encourage their network to follow RSFP social media accounts.


Ambassador FAQ

Not necessarily. We want Ambassadors to have influence within the Rutgers University- New Brunswick community.

While the ideal Ambassador would have influence on all three main social networks, in addition to others like Instagram and Pinterest, we also know that some may be extremely influential on Facebook but not have a Twitter account. We appreciate each Ambassador’s individual strengths.

We encourage Ambassadors to be as active as possible given their work and home life schedules. Ambassadors should be active once a week at a minimum; however, during our high priority events we need everyone to be as active as possible. We estimate about an hour per month commitment.

No! The idea is that you will help spread Rutgers University- New Brunswick information to your followers. We’re not asking that you change any settings – just share information in your voice, to your peers.

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