Virtual Voices of Poverty Event Set

Wednesday, April 28, 2021
stocked shelves at rvcc food pantry

Students in Raritan Valley Community College’s Poverty & Society course will share their experiences with and understanding of poverty in society during the College’s 10th annual Voices of Poverty event, May 5, at 7 p.m. The virtual event is free of charge and open to the public.

The program will include a discussion of the recent national HOPE survey focusing on housing and food insecurity among college students. The pandemic has exacerbated an already existing national problem, and more than 30 percent of RVCC students reported they had experienced food and or housing insecurity, according to the survey.

During the event, students will share journal entries from the past two semesters of coursework. The program also will feature recognition of regular donors and community partners whose generous contributions have sustained the College’s Resource Center and Food Pantry since its beginning in 2018.

David K. Shipler, author of the best-selling book, The Working Poor: Invisible in America, will offer a brief keynote address during the program. Shipler is the author of seven books, the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for general non-fiction, and a former correspondent for The New York Times.

To attend the event, which is being held via Zoom, visit

For additional information about the event, contact Jennifer Clock, Resource Center Coordinator, at

Ranked by, and as the #1 community college in New Jersey, Raritan Valley Community College has been serving as an academic and cultural center for Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for over 50 years. The College has been nationally recognized for its service to the community, environmental stewardship, and commitment to diversity. It is home to a Planetarium, Science Education Institute, and an Honors College for high achieving students. The College offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates, as well as career training, small business assistance through the Small Business Development Center, and professional development courses. RVCC is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ. For further information, visit



April 28, 2021

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