Food insecurity is an extremely highlighted issue during COVID-19. Need for food is up 40% since the pandemic began. To practice social distancing yet still serve our community, UGA Food2Kids and Shop With A Bulldawg decided to work together for a second time to create a remote university-wide fundraiser in support of the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia in its fight against food insecurity. This fundraiser ran from April 5-23.
In addition to the fundraiser, we held a Summer Supplies Drive of supplies for the children to prepare for the next school year, the essentials for summer in Athens, and some fun!
We ended the fundraiser with our very own student-sponsored mobile pantry at Clarke Central High School on MAY 1 where families received perishable and non-perishable food, and their children also received summer fun and school supplies.
Where is the money going?
All of the fundraised money will be going toward sponsoring the mobile pantry (food and school supplies), with excess given as a direct donation to the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia.
What are we collecting for the Summer Supplies Drive?
Donations can include, but are not limited to: small notebooks, pens, pencils, flip flops, calculators, toy magnets, kinetic sand, pump rockets, Orbeez, Play Dough, marbles, and bubbles. Stop by Tate Plaza any time between 5 - 7 PM from April 26-30th.
Parking is FREE during these times, so you can park at Tate Deck and drop off your donations!
What is a mobile pantry?
A mobile pantry is the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia's way to serve hundreds of families all at once through a direct "farmer's market" style distribution format. They use a box truck to supply large quantities of food to about 300 families (which equals about 12,000 meals!).
After the world went into lockdown, we knew that food insecurity was still an extremely prevalent issue with an estimated 10.6-17.1 million more people experiencing food insecurity due to the pandemic.
That's why we started our 3-week long, university-wide fundraiser to support the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia. This year's fundraiser will look a bit different from the last, so take a quick look at what we did last year HERE.