We were also very happy to welcome our student volunteers back to campus after two summers away! The recent 9/11 Day of Service was a resounding success, with our dedicated student volunteers helping to winterize and clean up our garden after the unexpected hurricane Ida, with a surprise visit from the University's new President Dr. Koppell! As the University opens back up, we look forward to inviting our campus community back to garden with us, as we get ready to start our 5th garden season next summer!
We are also very excited to announce that we are continuing to address student food security as a founding member of the University's Campus Hunger-Free Task Force. This task force represents the University as one of 10 unique higher-education institutions in New Jersey who are working towards reducing adult student hunger in higher education. We are very excited to be among the 10 institutions have been designated as a Hunger-Free Campus thus far, under the "Hunger-Free Campus Act", signed by Governor Murphy in 2019 to address food insecurity among students enrolled at public institutions. We will be working closely with the Task Force to help research and address student food security.
We have been working diligently with the University to achieve this Hunger-Free Campus status, especially as the campus community has been feeling the effects of the prolonged pandemic. We have a lot in store for the coming year, as we welcome students back to campus, and our Task Force is very excited to be able to expand the support that we can offer to our students.
More information about this new state-wide Hunger-Free Campus designation is available here.
The MSUCCG is proud to have recently been featured in The New Jersey Farmer magazine!
Come read about what we are up to below:
In case you missed seeing us in the recent edition of the Montclair Magazine:
Learn about the Garden and the work that we do with our partners to help address hunger on our campus.
Thanks to the support of our donors and partner organizations, our dedicated gardeners now have a new Tool Shed to help them grow! We have also been fortunate enough to fill it with new tools this season.
The new coolers that we can keep inside help us to be able to harvest more produce and keep it safe for longer periods, allowing us to donate even more food. We have already provided over 350 pounds of food to students in need, and the local community!
We look forward to being able to keep our pace up, and your continued support helps to make this all possible.