The Georgia CAFE project led by Dr. Jung Sun Lee in the Department of Foods and Nutrition at the University Georgia is the first-ever SNAP application assistance model in Georgia to enhance access and participation in SNAP for low-income older Georgians. 

History

Georgia CAFE was originally developed and pilot-tested in the Athens area in 2010 based on collaborations among UGA Department of Foods and Nutrition (Dr. Jung Sun Lee, Dr. Mary Ann Johnson, Temitope Walker, PhD student, Lauren Badger, former MS student), Georgia Legal Services Program (Nancy Lindbloom), state and local GA DFCS, and GA DAS and Aging Services Network. 

Team

  • Jung Sun Lee, PhD, RD, Associate Professor and Faculty of Gerontology, Department of Foods and Nutrition, University of Georgia
  • Nancy Lindbloom, JD, Specialist Attorney, Public Benefits, Georgia Legal Services Program (GLSP)
  • Temitope Walker, MA, Doctoral Candidate, Department of Foods and Nutrition, University of Georgia
  • Lauren Badger, MS, RD, Anti-hunger Program Associate, D.C., Hunger Solutions, Food Research and Action Center (Former MS student in the Department of Foods and Nutrition, University of Georgia)
  • Mary Ann Johnson, PhD, Professor and Faculty of Gerontology, Department of Foods and Nutrition, Interim Director, Institute of Gerontology, University of Georgia
  • Grace Bagwell Adams, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management, University of Georgia
  • Vibha Bhargava, PhD, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Financial Planning, Housing and Consumer Economics, University of Georgia

Partners

GA DHS

  • Lucy Smith, Field Operation Director of OFI, Division of Family and Children Services, Georgia Department of Human Services
  • Gwenyth Johnson and Allison Bernal, Division of Aging Services, Georgia Department of Human Services

Community Partners

  • Northeast Georgia Area Agency on Aging
  • Heart of Georgia Altamaha Area Agency on Aging
  • Athens Community Council on Aging
  • Campus Kitchen at UGA
  • Athens Housing Authority
  • Food Bank of Northeast Georgia

Advisory Board Members

  • Paul J. Brooks, Pharm.D, Associate Vice President for Public Service & Outreach, University of Georgia
  • Trina von Waldner, Pharm.D, Director, Continuing Education and Outreach, Division of Nontraditional Education and Outreach, University of Georgia, College of Pharmacy
  • Eve Anthony,Chief Operating Officer, Athens Community Council on Aging