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Community Service

Food Services joined The University of Georgia Human Resources “Workforce Development” in their partnership with Clarke County School District. These initiatives promote school-to-career and stress the importance of graduating high school to be prepared for post secondary, whether it be college or the immediate workforce. These initiatives are: Adopt-a-Class, UGA Young Dawgs (academic year) and UGA Young Dawgs (summer).


Food Services has adopted a sixth grade class at Hilsman Middle School. Many staff members are participating to inform students of their careers and the importance school and education have played in their career choices. Cookie decorating is also included as a class activity.

Young Dawgs

The Young Dawgs Program provides junior and senior students the opportunity to acquire skills training and work experience, as they obtain academic credit.

The Young Dawgs Summer Program is designed for rising freshmen through juniors (14-16 year olds) for 8-week internships on the UGA campus during the summer break.


Food Services is also actively involved with the university partnership with local agencies in the hiring and placement of people with disabilities.

ACTION, Inc. Full Plate program

Overproduced food is donated to Full Plate. They distribute food to local charities that operate emergency shelters, food pantries, after-school programs and soup kitchens in the Athens area. For more information on our involvement with charities, see our community achievements section.

Northeast Georgia Food Bank

Surplus food is donated to the Northeast Georgia Food Bank. The Food Bank recovers donated and salvaged surplus food and distributes it to human-service agencies that operate emergency shelters, food pantries, after-school programs and soup kitchens in the Athens area.

Day of Caring

Food Services is also actively involved in the University’s “Day of Caring” work projects sponsored by the United Way of Northeast Georgia. UGA - sponsored work crews spend a day working at local projects at United Way agencies in the area. Projects range from paving parking lots to building improvements to landscaping. Food Services provides box meals for University employees at these sites.