SDA members stock Little Free Pantries in Athens

November 30th, 2017 Author: Emma Laing  |  706-542-7983  |  More about Emma
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Members of the UGA Student Dietetic Association assembled “blessing bags” to stock several of the Little Free Pantries in Athens at their meeting on Nov. 30.

SDA Service Chair, Kathryn Kear, spearheaded the effort to involve the group in stocking several pantries in Athens with the blessing bags.

The Little Free Pantry community effort is a grassroots, crowd-sourced solution to an immediate and local need for homeless and financially disadvantaged members of the community.

Several boxes have been installed throughout Athens, and more are expected soon. The pantries offer 24-hour access to free food and home goods to anyone in need. Their motto is, “Take What You Need - Bring What You Can.”

Over 20 bags were assembled by SDA members, and included items such as water bottles, socks, cans of tuna, granola bars, towelettes, chap sticks, and more.

Students also included hand-written notes of encouragement and holiday cheer in each bag.

“I was so appreciative to lead this amazing event,” Kear said. 

Little Free Pantries by the Athens Chamber of Commerce (246 W Hancock Ave), Ebenezer Baptist Church (205 N Chase St), and Lifespan Montessori of Athens (570 Research Dr) were supplied with the blessing bags.

Everyone in the community is encouraged to donate items for the pantries. Essentials like toothpaste, shampoo and canned foods or dried foods are among the items donors can consider placing in the boxes.

“I’m excited to see the students’ commitment to benefitting our community,” SDA faculty advisor, Emma Laing, said. “Kathryn did a great job organizing this event, and I hope other organizations on campus will follow SDA’s lead. A small gesture of giving can make a huge impact in our community.”

The SDA is an organization run by students in the department of foods and nutrition majoring in dietetics. The mission of the SDA is to serve the college, community and each other by involving as many dietetics students as possible to promote a message of health, good nutrition and exercise.

Meetings are typically held twice per month at 5 p.m. in Dawson Hall. Visit the schedule of upcoming meetings at the bottom of the SDA webpage.

The 2017-2018 SDA leadership team includes:

President: Ayshia Ranjitsingh
Vice President: Neal Holliday
Secretary: Wells Ross
Treasurer: Hadley Gordon
Service Chair: Kathryn Kear
Social Chair: Sydney O'Donnell
PR Chair: Emily Owen
Communications Chair: Lauren Tinkey
Faculty Advisor: Emma Laing

For more information about becoming involved in SDA, contact Ayshia Ranjitsingh, at

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