Raritan Valley Community College Addresses Food Insecurity on Campus

Program Connects Individuals at Risk With Both Direct Assistance and Other Resources

The Resource Center at Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) is a program located on campus that brings together resources and supports to empower student participants.

The Resource Center works to identify students, staff members and faculty of the college that need food assistance and makes it easily accessible on campus. Working with the Resource Center students are also connected to other needed resources.

The program, which began last year, works to both address food insecurity and risk of homelessness. If students, staff members and faculty who might be at risk of homelessness, are able to receive assistance with food, toiletries and even gas, they may have more resources available to afford housing. College campuses across the country are seeing rising food insecurity and risk of homelessness within their communities.

Students who are hungry or worrying about where they will sleep that night are distracted and unable to focus on their college course work. The Resource Center helps them to meet their basic needs and hopefully connect with outside resources as well.

The Resource Center is a unique initiative that combines education and relationship building for students who lack available financial, personal and support system resources to succeed in college. Its intent is to build collaboration among a variety of community resources to help alleviate the many barriers that prevent students from achieving their educational goals.

The RVCC Resource Center is open five days a week to students, staff members, and faculty of the college. No appointments are necessary to use the Resource Center’s food pantry. There is no time limit regarding how long anyone may utilize its services. First time visitors are asked to complete a confidential liability waiver.

Staffed by student volunteers, the Resource Center offers an opportunity for students studying social work to both get practical work experience and also help their fellow students

The Resource Center seeks donation to help with its work. Sought after donations include healthy snacks that can serve as lunch or provide nourishment for food insecure students throughout the school day. Small donations of food and toiletries are accepted at the Resource Center’s food pantry. Donations of grocery gift cards and gas cards help students with the cost of perishable groceries and enable them to get to school.

E-mail the Resource Center for more information.