On July 20, 2016 the Campus Kitchen at UGA (CKUGA) hosted its first summer meal at Jessie B. Denney Tower, a unit of the Athens Housing Authority (AHA), specifically for low-income adults over the age of 60. The evening’s program provided information to connect residents to Athens’ farmers markets. The highlight of the night was a special edition of the Fresh Food Bus, an initiative of Athens Transit that shuttled Denney Tower residents and CKUGA volunteers to the Wednesday night Athens Farmer’s Market at Creature Comforts. CKUGA volunteers guided residents through the market, educating them on produce recipes and storage, and special discounts for first-time shoppers and EBT card users. The residents were treated to a Campus Kitchen meal and had the opportunity to meet with representatives of the West Broad Farmers Market. “Dining at Denney” is part of a new partnership with the AHA established in fall 2015 and made possible by a generous donation from David and Evelyn Knauft to support innovative student projects that address community issues. In spring 2016, CKUGA volunteers and health promotion and behavior students served a total of 200 meals and educational programs to 45 residents each month.
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