The UGA Office of Service-Learning has been awarded a $50,000 grant funded by the AARP Foundation to develop program evaluations associated with Campus Kitchen at UGA’s “beyond the meal” programming that can be replicated across the country. The program, Fostering Evidence-Based Interventions to Increase Food Security for Older Adults, is funded through a partnership between the AARP Foundation and the national Campus Kitchens Project. The Campus Kitchens Project is the national coalition of 58 university and college campuses where students transform unused food from dining halls, grocery stores, restaurants, and farmers’ markets into meals that are delivered to local agencies serving those in need.
The Campus Kitchen at UGA was the 33rd Campus Kitchen, and the first kitchen to focus efforts on addressing the food insecurity challenges of older adults through evidence-based interventions. This two-year project will bring together a coalition of faculty and partners in the College of Public Health’s Institute of Gerontology, School of Social Work, College of Family and Consumer Science, Office of Service-Learning, and Athens Community Council on Aging to develop evaluation plans for replication at Campus Kitchens across the country that have student-led food insecurity interventions for older adults to gauge the effectiveness of these efforts.