In a joint effort between students and faculty, Rutgers’ School of Engineering collected 2,181 pounds of food to donate to the Rutgers Student Food Pantry, which strives to alleviate hunger among students in need.
The effort sprung from the Engineering Governing Council’s Community Outreach Committee when they decided to create a competition to see which engineering department could collect the most nonperishables and toiletries.
“Engineers are competitive, and so trying to outdo the other departments was an incentive for the students and professors,” said Sheza Asghar, EGC Community Outreach chair and electrical and computer engineering sophomore. “However, at the end of the day, it was Rutgers helping Rutgers, and I think that was the greatest motivation for students and faculty to donate.”
The competition ran from November 8 to December 1, with the winning department promised a pizza party sponsored by the School of Engineering and the Engineering Governing Council.
The Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering came in first place at 1,295 pounds of donations.
Asghar said that the Community Outreach Committee was inspired to help the food pantry because it represents the diversity and acceptance that can be found within the Rutgers community.
“It shows that students who attend Rutgers come from all backgrounds and everyone has a unique struggle— and for some the struggle is being able to afford food after a month’s expenses. The Rutgers Student Food Pantry is just one aspect of the university community that shows acceptance for everyone and encourages students and professors at Rutgers to help their peers in need,” she said.
The Rutgers Student Food Pantry was established in Fall 2016. It is located at 39 Union Street on the College Avenue Campus.