The Rotary Club of South Hall visited the University of North Georgia’s (UNG) Gainesville Campus to partner with the Human Services and Delivery Administration (HSDA) and UNG Food Pantry on February 14th to paint bowls for the Georgia Mountain Food Bank’s upcoming Empty Bowl Lunch.
The UNG Food Pantry is one of the partner organizations that the Rotary Club has identified as a beneficiary for the clubs fundraising efforts this year. The organization serves numerous food insecure students, staff, and faculty on the Gainesville Campus during school hours.
“Since we have already pledged to support this group during our 2018-2019 campaign, we felt they were a perfect organization for us to align our club efforts for this year’s Rotary Has Heart initiative”, stated club president Renee Carden.
Members of the club joined the students on campus to help paint bowls during their bowl painting party on February 14th, meet the students who run the operation and got the opportunity to tour the pantry set up to serve the population. In addition, food donations were made that day.
Club Public Image Chair Amanda Groover stated that “this provided our club the opportunity to support both the UNG Food Pantry and help provide support for the larger community food pantry at the Georgia Mountain Food Bank. It was a way to give back to both programs.”
The UNG Food Pantry provides non-perishable food items and basic supplies to students and staff in need. These volunteers assist by managing the location, collecting donations, as well as keeping the pantry stocked and clean.
“This program is a great chance for our HSDA students to implement a program and to see how such programs are run from the inside out,” said Ray “They can help their peers and also build their professional skills.”
The South Hall Rotary Club is excited to partner with this organization that not only supports those in need in our area but also supports students who are working to better themselves.
The club will welcome guests from the HSDA on Wednesday, March 6th at their regular weekly Rotary meeting to hear more about how these efforts are changing the lives of the students who work at the pantry and those they serve.