On Saturday, March 7, faculty, staff, and students from the School of Nursing will join the Madison Rotary Club in an effort to fight hunger in our community.
The End Hunger 3.6 Event aims to bring together community volunteers to package nutritious ready-to-cook meals, which are distributed to organizations that feed the hungry throughout New Jersey.
“For the School of Nursing, addressing food insecurity and helping people live healthy lives is what we are about,” says Janice Smolowitz, Dean, School of Nursing. Since 2017, the School of Nursing has actively participated in the campus community garden and donated fresh produce to the Red Hawk Food Pantry. In 2019, Associate Professor Andrew Scanlon pedaled in a 200-mile charity bike ride to raise funds and awareness for the Red Hawk Food Pantry.
The End Hunger 3.6 Event was founded in 2016 by members of the Madison Rotary Club. When asked how the effort began, Ellsworth Havens, Chairperson of End Hunger 3.6, explained, “Our club members wanted to develop a new program that addressed needs closer to home. We noticed that food insecurity was significantly impacting our surrounding communities.”
Since being established, the Madison Rotary Club has hosted three End Hunger 3.6 events and packaged over 700,000 meals that have been distributed to 40 local organizations that aid food insecure individuals. “We estimate the program will package upwards of 500,000 meals this year—A number of meals will be provided to the Red Hawk Food Pantry and the Montclair Salvation Army,” says Havens.
If you are interested in learning more about End Hunger 3.6, visit: https://www.madisonrotarynj.org/.