South Hall Rotary Presents $5,000 to the University of North Georgia Food Pantry

UNG Food Pantry $5,000 Check

The Rotary Club of South Hall recently awarded a $5,000 grant to the University of North Georgia for the Gainesville Campus Food Pantry.

Funds for the grants were raised at the Rotary Club’s annual fundraiser, the Awesome 80’s 5K that is held every August and is matched by District Designated Funds from Rotary District 6910. The event in 2019 set a fundraising record for the club thanks to sponsors and participants, allowing the club to grow overall support for the local food pantry.

Pictured from Left to Right: Rotary Area 13 Assitant Governor Chad Bingham, Club President Rena Pendley, UNG Student & Food Pantry Manager Dominque Allen, Club President-Elect Amanda Groover, UNG Vice President Dr. Richard Oates, and Food Pantry Facilitator Dr, Carly Redding.

Money from this year’s grant is specifically earmarked to help the food pantry continue to stock food in their new expanded space for students, faculty, and staff on the Gainesville campus who identify with being food insecure.

Each year the club’s grant program seeks each year to identify opportunities in the South Hall Community that aid one of Rotary’s six areas focus that include conflict prevention, disease prevention, water quality, maternal/child health, education/literacy, and economic development.

“Our Rotary Club is very thankful for the support we receive from our community each year during the 5K that enables us to apply and match the grant money provided by our district,” said Rena Pendley, president of the South Hall Rotary Club.

The Awesome 80’s 5K fundraiser will be hosted once again on Aug. 15, 2020. For more information about meetings and/or membership in the South Hall Rotary, see the Rotary’s website at, or contact President Rena Pendley at