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Food date labels reportVoorhees Fellows release new report, "Food Pantry Product Dating Label Education Project"

This report analyzes the ways in which individual pantries throughout Middlesex County interact with food product date labels, food waste, staff and client education, and the impact that COVID-19 has had on those topics.

The Voorhees Center is excited to welcome our 2021-2022 cohort of Ralph W. Voorhees Public Service Fellows!

The Seminar Series Negotiating Social Futures: The Politics of Land Development and Value Capture During and After the COVID-19 Pandemic focuses on the role of land as a reservoir of value to be extracted for social provision. The series will include two conferences and a case study workshop.

Research

This report analyzes the ways in which individual pantries throughout Middlesex County interact with food product date labels, food waste, staff and client education, and the impact that COVID-19 has had on those topics. This project has two main objectives: (1) understanding what practices food pantries in Middlesex County currently have in place regarding food […]

In partnership with the Rutgers University Collaborative Center for Community-based Research and Service, and REPLENISH, the Middlesex County Food Bank, this report offers some insight about the non-food challenges that pantries confronted during the pandemic, how pantry staff navigated the demand for these services during the pandemic through July of 2021,and it provides some idea about […]

This report examines how emergency food providers in Middlesex County, New Jersey, changed their practices during the pandemic. The report looks at how food pantries navigated challenges related to food demand, supply, and distribution, and highlights the experiences of individual pantries. Read the Report

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on the emergency food system, challenging a system that was already operating with few resources. Food pantries developed strategies to meet surging need while navigating COVID-19 safety challenges and dramatic shifts in food supply. This report investigates how a set of food pantries in Metuchen and Edison, […]

Ralph W. Voorhees Public Service Fellows Hina Arshad, Nashia Basit, Cassie Bolinger, Aiza Nageeb, Julien Rosenbloom with Evan Iacobucci, Planning and Public Policy Doctoral Program. During the Fall 2019 semester, Middlesex County Food Organization and Outreach Distribution Services (MCFOODS), Unity Square community organization, and other partners engaged the Ralph W. Voorhees Fellows to research innovative food […]

Riley Link, Curtis McDaniel, Daniel Rodriguez, and Sabeen Rokerya, 2018 Ralph W. Voorhees Public Service Fellows, partnered with the Middlesex County Food Organization and Outreach Distribution Services (MCFOODS) during the Fall 2018 semester to research food insecurity in Middlesex County. MCFOODS asked the fellows to explore whether there are areas of unmet demand for food […]

The New Brunswick Community Food Alliance (NBCFA) launched in 2012 to improve community food security with a vision that “All City residents have access to adequate amounts of nutritious, safe, affordable, and culturally appropriate food at all times and in socially acceptable ways and enjoy the health and economic benefits of a strong local food […]

Food insecurity, food accessibility, and food deserts have generated national concern as social justice issues. To combat these injustices, groups from across North America have created mobile food markets. A modern-day mobile market established in West Oakland, California in 2003 helped to spur the mobile food movement (Albala 2015). Shortly thereafter, the idea of bringing affordable and healthy food […]

Elijah’s Promise enlisted the Spring 2016 Community Development Studio at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University to explore the feasibility of expanding its apiculture, farm to table culinary training, and composting projects. Elijah’s Promise seeks to build on its strengths to expand community economic development opportunities such as […]

The study of New Brunswick’s food pantries is the product of a partnership between the Feeding New Brunswick Network, a coalition of emergency food providers in New Brunswick, and the Ralph W. Voorhees Public Service Fellows, a group of undergraduate students at Rutgers University. Graduate students in an Advanced Qualitative Methods course and faculty from […]