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Inaugural Bobbi Meeler Sahm Service and Outreach awards benefit town-gown partnerships

Five local projects were selected to receive a total of $32,000 in awards from an endowment established by an Athens native and UGA alumna. The fund, held by the UGA Foundation, ultimately benefits Athens-Clarke County residents as well as university… Full story

UGA will feed more local residents this fall with Campus Kitchen on wheels

The UGA Campus Kitchen trailer rolled into north Athens earlier this month, bringing food, information about available resources, and a bit of festivity to the Fowler Drive community just as Athens-Clarke County students returned to school. The first event, a… Full story

Athens residents have easy access to food distributions, thanks to UGA

Food insecure Athens residents have easy access to meals, thanks to a partnership between UGA and local government One of the challenges facing Athens residents with food insecurity during the pandemic was the lack of a directory listing locations and… Full story

As COVID cases dropped, Clarke County students began returning to UGA

For Clarke County School District students, getting back to normal means going back to UGA for annual field trips. In the fall, a group of pre-Kindergarten students were the first Clarke County School District (CCSD) students on campus for a… Full story

UGA Public Service and Outreach faculty and staff turn out for sixth Day of Service

More than 100 UGA Public Service and Outreach faculty and staff members volunteered more than 240 hours to Athens area nonprofits, schools and other community organizations on PSO’s sixth Day of Service. Faculty and staff volunteered at 11 Athens locations,… Full story

Mobile kitchen trailer will help UGA student-run hunger relief program “meet people where they are”

UGA’s Campus Kitchen program can now provide meals to even more food-insecure Athens area residents, thanks to a mobile food trailer purchased with grant money from the University of Georgia Parents Leadership Council and funds raised by the UGA Young… Full story

UGA Grow It Know It training prepares educators for food-focused classroom

As a kindergarten teacher, Robin Edens was an outlier in the group of mostly middle and high school teachers at UGA learning how to introduce food-based learning to their students. The three-day workshop immersed participants in the ins and outs… Full story

Experience UGA goes virtual during the pandemic, with activities that K-8 students can use in the classroom and at home

The stage lights are shining and the curtain is in place, ready to be opened with the click of a computer mouse. Push play, and the story of Adelaide and the Fairy World comes to life on the computer screen…. Full story

UGA expands middle school program on agriculture and nutrition to community center

Even as most Clarke County schools remain online only, students in East Athens are learning about agriculture and nutrition through an in-person, hands-on UGA program offered at a neighborhood community center. UGA’s Grow It Know It (GIKI) program, a collaboration… Full story

Engage GA helps Athens community find volunteers

The Athens Community Council on Aging (ACCA) depends on volunteers to help provide services to older adults in the Clarke County area. When the pandemic hit in March, almost half of the volunteers—many of them older adults themselves—had to stop… Full story

UGA builds Little Free Pantries for Athens communities

Residents in two Athens apartment communities have ready access to food and basic personal needs through Little Free Pantries built by UGA’s Office of Service-Learning (OSL). OSL’s Grow It Know It (GIKI) program built the wooden boxes for the Bethel… Full story

Middle schoolers get their hands dirty (remotely) at Grow It Know It online summer camp

Clarke County Public School students haven’t been in a classroom since March, but that hasn’t stopped the learning, even over the summer, thanks to the University of Georgia. More than two dozen middle school students participated in a UGA summer… Full story

State Botanical Garden receives funding to support food programs and online summer camps

The State Botanical Garden of Georgia was among 28 public gardens in the U.S. to receive funding from the U.S. Botanic Garden and the American Public Garden Association to help support its urban agriculture and community food-growing programs. The $15,000… Full story

Athens healthcare employees weren’t finding time to eat. UGA made it easier for them.

Healthy food for healthcare workers. That’s a new initiative for the UGA Campus Kitchen program, which has expanded its operations during the COVID-19 crisis to provide nutritious snacks and quick meals for employees at Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center. Every… Full story

UGA Campus Kitchen keeps food on the table with help from UGA Public Service and Outreach

On a rainy Monday morning in March, staff at the UGA State Botanical Garden of Georgia are in the children’s garden harvesting bushels of kale, collards, parsley and beets they no longer need for educational programs this spring. They are… Full story

UGA student Sarah Jackson turns service-learning into a career

After Sarah Jackson took her first service-learning course at the University of Georgia, she was hooked. Ten years later, she’s made a career out of service, community engagement and nonprofit partnerships. “Through my geography major, I became involved in a… Full story

UGA class helps design alumni housing for recovery program graduates

  When the first alumni housing for the Athens Acceptance Recovery Center (ARC) is open, it will have a student touch. Sixteen College of Family and Consumer Science (FACS) students are helping renovate an apartment, which will house men who… Full story

2018-2019 PSO Student Scholar: Emma Bay Dickinson

Hometown: Decatur, Georgia Year: Sophomore College: Odum School of Ecology, Hugh Hodgson School of Music  Majors: Ecology and music Internship Unit: State Botanical Garden of Georgia   Have you participated in experiential learning?  I went on the UGA Interdisciplinary Field Program, taking… Full story