Over the past three years, the TCNJ CARES program has received increased requests from students to provide emergency aid to those struggling to eat consistently or find adequate housing; especially during times when the College is on extended breaks. National data further suggests that nearly 30-40% of college students have some level of food insecurity. These factors motivated us to open The SHOP@TCNJ. We believe that by providing food to our campus and the local community that we will be addressing at least one of our basic needs.
For students, this type of support can decrease the barriers preventing them from peak performance both in and out of the classroom. Additionally, it has the potential for individuals to build connections to more sustainable, long term resources such as the Dean of Students Office, Mercer Street Friends, NJ SNAP, WIC, or other campus or human service agencies.
We are extremely grateful to President Kathryn Foster for her support in moving this important initiative forward, the Mercer Street Friends Food Bank for which we are a partner agency and who has guided us throughout these efforts, and to Chief Timothy Grant and the PRC Group for their support of the program.
Anyone wishing to donate to The SHOP can do so by going to https://give.tcnj.edu/, click: “give now,” and select fund: “The SHOP@TCNJ.”
Spring 2020 Hours
The SHOP will be on Mondays from 11 am – 1:30 pm, Wednesdays from 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm and Fridays from 11 am – 1:30 pm.
If you need access to The SHOP outside of these hours, contact the Dean of Students office at 609-771-2780 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The SHOP is located on the north side of Building 700 on Campus Town Drive, next to the fitness center. It is ADA accessible and has parking directly in front of the building.