Student food insecurity is a concern at colleges and universities across the country, and Extension professionals can bring unique solutions to this growing problem. At Rutgers–New Brunswick, visitors to the Student Food Pantry receive vouchers for fresh produce to be redeemed at the New Brunswick Community Farmers Market. The Rutgers Gardens Student Farm makes weekly deliveries of fresh produce to the pantry, which is available at no cost to students. With creativity, Extension efforts such as master gardener programs, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education, and family and community health sciences programs can play an important role in alleviating college student food insecurity.
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Cuite, C. L., Brescia, S. A., Errickson, L. B., & Sawatzky, A. J. (2020). Farm-Based Programming for College Students Experiencing Food Insecurity. The Journal of Extension, 58(6), Article 18. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.58.06.18