Understanding the Impact of COVID-19 on People, Pantries and Practices in the Emergency Food System (2020)

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, […]

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Innovative Practices in Emergency Food Delivery (2019)

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 […]

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Food Insecurity in Middlesex County (2018)

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 […]

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Taking Food Access on the Road (2017)

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 […]

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New Brunswick’s Emergency Food System Pantry Profile (2015)

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 […]

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Community Food Assessment of Trenton (2005)

The 2005 Rutgers Bloustein Community Development Studio partnered with Isles, Inc., a community development corporation in Trenton that has worked with residents of Trenton for nearly a quarter century. This community development corporation provides training for at-risk youth, affordable housing, community planning, and community gardening to make families more self-sufficient. In recent years, the organization […]

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