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No Hungry Knights Scholarship

Food insecurity is about more than just food. How can you study when you are hungry and trying to figure out where your next meal is coming from? Or when you are balancing school with a job that pays low wages? When you may be struggling with other basic needs, like transportation, or even housing? We know this is the situation for too many of our students.

Cara Cuite, Ph.D. Human Ecology
Rutgers University

Cuite, C.L., Brescia, S.A., Porterfield, V., Weintraub, D.S., & Willson, K.A. (2018)
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The impact of food insecurity runs much deeper than just growling bellies. It can impact students in a myriad of ways including lower self-esteem and overall physical health, as well as an increased risk of depression and substance use.

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More than a third of Rutgers students are food insecure.

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Undergraduate students without a meal plan were significantly more likely to be food insecure than their counterparts with meal plans.

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Undergraduates who live off campus are more likely to be food insecure than those who live on campus.

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Food insecurity is associated with lower grade point averages.

From the 2016 Food Insecurity Among Rutgers Students Survey

Created with by the Student Affairs Executive Advisory Council, the No Hungry Knights Scholarship Fund, provides full or partial meal plans to students grappling with food insecurity.  This scholarship, administered through the Dean of Students Office, takes into account each applicants specific situation, in conjunction with their financial aid status, to determine eligibility and award amount.  The Dean of Students Office ensures that all other aid options, including federal and state assistance programs, have been exhausted prior to awarding these scholarships and will also assist in identifying and managing the underlying financial issues the student may be facing.

We envision a campus where students no longer have to choose between buying food and buying textbooks. Our goal is to support student retention and success by offering comprehensive solutions to this multi – faceted problem.

Here’s how you can help:

Make a gift now to either funds

Join our fight to ensure there are no more hungry knights!

For young students from well-to-families, spending time as a starving student scarfing ramen noodles is often written off as a humorous rite of passage. But the demographics of typical college students are changing, and for many, hunger is a serious reality.

Sara Goldrick-Rab, Founder
Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice

Common Causes of Food Insecurity Among Students


Delay in receiving financial aid or scholarship disbursements


Medical emergency


Lack of money after paying tuition, fees, textbooks


Lack of money after paying for other basic needs


Inability to work in the United States (international students)


Unable to qualify for government aid