The pantry is a safe space that diminishes the negative stigma that lies behind food pantries and seeking assistance.
Bio: My name is Deja Little. I am currently a senior at Rutgers University-Newark in the social work program. I started volunteering with pantryRUN as a freshman, and then took a work-study position in the pantry and now I am a Student Intern with the pantry. When I graduate, I hope to get a dual master's degree in social work and public administration. I hope to work in policy development tailored toward criminal justice/prison reform.
About the Office: What I like about the pantry is the welcoming and supportive energy that it creates. My favorite part about working at the pantry is the support for diverse opinions and team work. The pantry operates on team work and strives to receive differing feedback from students, student workers, and staff to produce a safe and effective environment for anyone who chooses to work or shop in this space. The pantry is a safe space that diminishes the negative stigma that lies behind food pantries and seeking assistance. I think the pantry is important because often, college students forget that in order to do well in school and be healthy mentally, it is important that students are receiving the nutrition needed to be healthy physically and mentally.