Four for the Future Award

Four for the Future Award

For the seventh consecutive year, Georgia Trend and UGA Public Service and Outreach Four for the Future Award highlights four communities for their efforts to improve residents’ lives through collaborations. Earlier this month, the collaboration between ACCA and The Campus Kitchen at UGA was recognized for our partnership in reducing food insecurity for older adults in our community.

“The idea of families going hungry in a college town like Athens seems incongruous. Yet, according to the Athens Community Council on Aging (ACCA), one in five residents is at risk for hunger, including one in five seniors. And more than 75 percent of grandparents raising grandchildren in the area are having a hard time providing food for their families.

To address these needs, in 2012 UGA launched Campus Kitchen under the auspices of its Office of Service Learning. The program is part of the national Campus Kitchen project, in which universities work to combat food waste and hunger through food recovery and distribution. UGA’s Campus Kitchen began partnering with the ACCA to provide meals and groceries from locally recovered food to Athens’ older adults.”

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