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Get Involved

Please fill out this Volunteer Agreement Form to indicate interest in volunteering with us in the future! If you would like to volunteer this semester, please email us. We are currently not accepting groups or 1-time volunteers.

Other volunteering opportunities at Rutgers.

Benefits of Volunteering: 9 Ways Helping Others Also Helps You

  1. You can gain relevant work experience
  2. You can strategically bolster your resume
  3. You’ll refine valuable soft skills
  4. Your health could improve
  5. You’ll get closer to the heart of the industry
  6. You’ll expand your perspective
  7. You’ll gain a network
  8. You’ll discover if you like the work
  9. You’ll help someone

Sneed, R. S., & Cohen, S. A prospective study of volunteerism and hypertension risk in older adults.

Psychology and Aging. Source.


Pantry Donations

  • We ask anyone making a donation to the pantry please complete the Food Pantry Donation Form.
  • We accept unused, donated items such as — but not limited to — shampoo/ conditioner, toothbrush/toothpaste, soap, menstruation products, socks, first-aid, and gift cards to grocery stores. Please contact us to arrange for delivery.
  • Save time and gas, feel free to place an order through our Amazon Wishlist. Orders will be delivered right to our office!

Monetary Donations

Want to make a monetary donation? Your gift will support Basic Needs initiatives at Rutgers, which provide students with essential resources, including access to nutritious food, stable housing, emergency aid, and financial education. Click the link below for more details.


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.

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