Presentation on theme: "Making a Difference Locally: The Senior Hunger Coalition Dr. Shannon O. Wilder Director, UGA Office of Service-Learning October 15, 2013."— Presentation transcript:
Making a Difference Locally: The Senior Hunger Coalition Dr. Shannon O. Wilder Director, UGA Office of Service-Learning October 15, 2013
By the Numbers: Over 6500 students enrolled in 350 course sections. Courses in all 17 schools & colleges and 25% of study abroad programs More than 215,000 service hours provided by students, equivalent to $4.3 million donated to local and international communities Service-learning engages students with core aspects of UGA’s mission—teaching and service.
Georgia is— 8 th in the nation for older adults at risk of hunger By 2030, Georgia’s aging population is expected to rise 21.2% (2.5 million people) In Athens-Clarke County— 1 in 5 (20.4%) residents are food insecure – 9% of residents aged 50 and older By 2030, ACC will experience a 41% growth in residents aged 65 and older.
Athens Community Council on Aging 14 Programs 7500 clients served per year Delivers 300 home-delivered meals per day Serves 12 counties in NE Georgia UGA research revealed an overall food insecurity rate of 40% among ACCA programs: Meals on Wheels – 36% Center for Active Living – 32% Grandparents Raising Grandchildren – 60% “It was haunting to think so many of our clients could be silently suffering from hunger. We knew our clients were in need. And that need far exceeded our agency’s resources and capacity. Something needed to be done, but we couldn’t do it alone. So we turned to UGA.” Eve Anthony, COO Athens Community Council on Aging
Senior Hunger Coalition goals are to— Raise awareness of senior hunger in the Athens community Identify older adults who are food insecure using standardized measurements Create innovative, sustainable, cost-effective, and research driven interventions. Form multi-sector partnerships with the shared goal of ending senior hunger
Senior Hunger Coalition Partners Campus Kitchen at UGA Office of Service-Learning Department of Foods & Nutrition Talmage Terrace/Lanier Gardens Senior Living Community – Wesley Woods
Senior Hunger Coalition Programs Lunch Buddy Georgia Café SNAP application assistance program Take Out Tuesday Mobile Pantry distributes 10,000 pounds of food to 225 older adult households with mobility barriers Summer Food Program Weekly UGArden Mobile Produce Stand and Cooking Demos Onsite ACCA Community Gardens & Garden Club
Senior Hunger Coalition’s Impact (2010-13) Engaged nearly 400 students in 26 service-learning courses Distributed 11,000 meals and 80,000 pounds of food to 375 individuals in the local community Provided supplemental food to 80 clients on the home-delivered meals waiting list Saved ACCA nearly $100,000 by providing an additional 13,000 meals for less than $5,000 in direct cost. Created a model adopted by the State Unit on Aging to conduct outcomes research and determine the effectiveness of nutrition and aging services in Georgia. Filled gap from federal sequestration funding loss to provide 2500 additional meals at a savings of $20,000.
Food insecurity rate dropped 40% across all ACCA programs Food Insecurity Rate ACCA Program 60% 33% 36% 6% 32% 3%
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