Campus Kitchen at UGA (CKUGA) is holding a can drive to collect food to provide holiday meals for older adults and families and homebound individuals.

This is the seventh year of the event, Turkeypalooza, a partnership between CKUGA and the Athens Community Council on Aging (ACCA). Last year 30 campus and community organizations donated 2,588 cans, boxes and bags of food during the drive.

This year’s collection will run from Monday, Oct. 29, through Thursday, Nov. 15. UGA departments and student organizations, and Athens-Clarke County businesses and civic groups are invited to participate. CKUGA will provide posters, collection bins and transportation services for participating organizations.

To participate, organizations should register by 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25, at www.ckuga.org/turkeypalooza.

The public is invited to help make handmade cards for food recipients on Nov. 3, 10 and 17 at the Athens Farmer’s Market at Bishop Park.

The ACCA raises money to buy turkeys for the meals and the student-run UGArden supplies fresh produce.

On Friday, Nov. 16, UGA Public Service and Outreach Student Scholars will pack bags of groceries to deliver to recipients to prepare at home. CKUGA students and community volunteers will spend Nov. 17-18 cooking prepared meals for those who can’t cook.

On Nov. 19, CKUGA and the ACCA will distribute meals and groceries to households in Clarke, Barrow and Madison counties. Last year, 230 families received bags of groceries and 150 received prepared meals.

 

About the Campus Kitchen at UGA

The Campus Kitchen at UGA is the student-powered hunger relief program of the UGA Office of Service-Learning. Each week, students transform unused food from local grocery stores, gardens and farmers markets into meals and groceries that are delivered to older adults and service agencies in Athens, Georgia. The Campus Kitchen at UGA goes beyond meal service by using food as a tool to combat senior isolation, foster community connections, and engage UGA students and faculty in developing sustainable solutions to food waste and hunger.


Contact

Brad Turner, bradct@uga.edu, 706-542-0891

Nirav Ilango, niravilango@uga.edu