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

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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Community Food Incubation and the Potential to Create Small Food Businesses in New Brunswick (2016)

New Brunswick is home to many current and future food business entrepreneurs. Some are home cooks who would like to start a food business. Others would like to expand their current businesses by selling from a food cart, food truck, or restaurant. Some cooks produce one well developed product such as tamales, pasteles, or empanadas […]

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In the Garden: The Community Economic Potential of the Food System

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 […]

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Improving Community Food Security in New Brunswick (2014)

New Brunswick is home to many efforts to improve community food security, which is often defined as access to healthy, affordable, and culturally appropriate food. Many organizations address community food security in two or more ways. While they may primarily provide food access, they may also work on food affordability, education, advocacy, research, and community […]

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Community Food Hub II (2012)

The Fall 2012 Rutgers Bloustein Community Development Studio worked with Elijah’s Promise, the New Brunswick Food Alliance, and New Jersey Community Capital to think about how they might build on New Jersey’s existing farming and community development infrastructure to create a community food hub. To do this, the team 1) explored how community food hubs […]

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Community Food Hub I (2012)

The Rutgers Bloustein Spring 2012 Community Development Studio worked with Elijah’s Promise, the Rutgers University Food Innovation Center, and New Jersey Community Capital to explore the potential to create a community food hub in New Brunswick.  Food hubs help small and medium-sized farmers reach wholesale and/or retail customers and increases access to locally grown fresh […]

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Rutgers Food Innovation Center (2012)

The Spring 2012 Rutgers Bloustein School Community Development Studio conducted a study of the Rutgers University Food Innovation Center (FIC) in Bridgeton, New Jersey. The FIC is a full service food incubator, the only food-related business incubator in the state. It provides core food-processing business services including business development, market testing, product development, networking services, […]

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Urban Agriculture Field Trips (2012)

Elijah’s Promise and the Ralph W. Voorhees Center partnered to enhance community food security and food-related community economic development. With a Rutgers University Community University Research Partnership grant, teams of students, faculty, community residents, city staff, and many others visited urban agriculture and community food economy projects in action to inform urban agriculture and food […]

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Cultivating Community (2012)

Community gardening efforts blossom in New Brunswick as the newly-formed New Brunswick Community Gardening Coalition expands its collaborative mission to share resources, build neighborhood ties, and promote food security throughout New Brunswick, NJ. In her final semester as an undergraduate at Rutgers University, studying all things politics, policy, and planning, Alena D’Auria dug deeper into the […]

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