About the Rutgers Student Food Pantry

Being food insecure means having limited or uncertain access to a sufficient quantity of food (USDA, 2011). There is growing evidence that food insecurity among students is a problem on college campuses around the country, and it is something that is increasingly encountered at Rutgers University. As a result, Rutgers is continuing its work in this area, while also expanding its efforts.

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 39 Union Street on the College Avenue Campus. The pantry is stocked by donations from Rutgers Against Hunger, Middlesex County Food Organization and Outreach Distribution Services, and private donations. If you have mobility issues please call 848-932-5500 for an appointment and we will make arrangements to meet with you at another location on campus.

Follow the Rutgers Student Food Pantry on Facebook for pantry updates and free food listings.

Food Pick-Up

The Rutgers Student Food Pantry is dedicated to helping all Rutgers students in need. No appointment is necessary, all you need to do is bring your RUID and fill out a brief identification form once you are actually there!

When you walk into the Off-Campus Living and Community Partnerships house, just tell the receptionist at the front that you are there to utilize the pantry. They will then assist you in figuring out what to take, how much to take, etc. based on your personalized needs.

A suggested week’s worth of groceries from the pantry includes:

  • 2 Pastas
  • 1 Mac & Cheese
  • 1 Rice
  • 1 Pasta Sauce
  • 3 Vegetables
  • 3 Proteins (Beans, Chilli, etc)
  • 2 Canned Meats (Chicken, Tuna, etc)
  • 3 Soups or Canned Pasta
  • 4 Packets of Oatmeal OR 1 Box of Cereal
  • 1 Peanut Butter & 1 Jelly
  • 2 Snacks/Snack Bags/Misc. Items
  • 1 Beverage/Drink Mix
  • 1 Condiment
  • 4 Fruit Cups/2 Fruit Cans

Donation Items Needed

  • Cereal
  • Individual Packets of Oatmeal
  • Peanut Butter
  • Jelly
  • Tuna/Canned Meats
  • Canned Pasta/Prepared Meals
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Pasta/Mac & Cheese
  • Rice (Small Bags/Boxes)
  • Canned Goods (Soup, Beans, Fruit, Vegetables)
  • Potatoes (Instant, Canned Potatoes, Yams)
  • Condiments (Salad Dressing, Mayonnaise, Etc.)
  • Snacks (Granola Bars, Dried Fruit, Crackers, Jello, Pudding, Etc.)
  • Beverages (Shelf-Stable Milk, Juice, Etc.)
  • Paper Products (Toilet Paper, Napkins, Paper Towels, Etc.)
  • Personal Care Items (Toothpaste, Deodorant, Shampoo, Soap, Etc.)

Item Drop-Off

Rutgers Student Food Pantry
39 Union Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Hours of Operation:
Monday — 9AM-4PM
Tuesday — 9AM-4PM
Wednesday — 9AM-4PM
Thursday — 9AM-4PM
Friday — 9AM-4PM

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.

Be An Ambassador

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

Do I need to have thousands of followers to become a Social Media Ambassador?

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

Do I need to be active on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram?

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.

How often do I need to actively promote the Rutgers Student Food Pantry social media posts?

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.

Do I need to change my privacy settings?

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.


Along with the services provided by the Rutgers Student Food Pantry, there are many other resources that students can utilize through the university, including:

Hours of Operation

Rutgers Student Food Pantry
39 Union Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Hours of Operation:
Monday — 9AM-4PM
Tuesday — 9AM-4PM
Wednesday — 9AM-4PM
Thursday — 9AM-4PM
Friday — 9AM-4PM

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