“There are more than 1.1 million people in New Jersey who do not know where their next meal will come from, according to 2014 data from Feeding America and the Community Food Bank of New Jersey.
College students are not immune to those statistics.
Food insecurity is a growing reality on college campuses nationwide, including Rutgers University, said Kerri Willson, director of Off-Campus Living and Community Partnerships, whose office launched the Rutgers Student Food Pantry this fall. Of the more than 20 food pantries dedicated to supporting the city’s food insecure population, the Rutgers Student Food Pantry is the first to serve specifically Rutgers-New Brunswick students.
“People have an image of what they think a college student is,” Willson said. “Many college students today are working multiple jobs to pay their way while taking classes. A dining plan is probably the easiest thing for them to cut out or cut short on if they are paying for their tuition.””
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