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New site helps fight local food insecurity

Alan Flurry

The Community Food Resources database for Athens-Clarke County is housed on Engage Georgia, a platform the UGA Office of Service-Learning launched for local volunteer opportunities. The site lists the food distribution sites available each day, their addresses, the kind of meal or food offered, and any requirements for recipients.

Athens-Clarke County officials approved funding for the project through Athens Eats Together, a program that began during the pandemic that served 10,000 residents from September 2021 to April 2021. Students in UGA geography professor Hilda Kurtz’s class gathered information on the local food sharing sites, and the website went live in March 2021. Student workers with OSL update the site monthly and send it by email to more than 300 community partners.

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Image: Russel Stalvey, right, director of community partnerships and impact at Terrapin, packing boxes of groceries alongside Terrapin employee Eron Bird. (Photo by Dorothy Kozlowski/UGA)

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