Extension Serves the Entire Community
Athens-Clarke County Extension offers a wealth of information and services for residents of our county. Agents and trained support staff provide educational programs as well as a number of services. Our Agriculture and Natural Resources agent offers landscape and gardening information to residents, Master Gardener and other classes as well as water and soil testing and access to UGA informative publications. Our 4-H agent creates and organizes youth educational programs including competitive events which will assist young people to develop citizenship, leadership, responsibility and life skills through experiential learning. Our Family and Consumer Science agent offers and designs educational programs for the community needs, provides information you can trust on money, home, health, food and family and oversees the SNAP-Ed program which helps families on a budget learn to eat healthy.
Stretch Your SNAP Dollars Now - written by Laurel Sanville, MS, RDN, LD
Do you receive SNAP benefits? Here in Georgia and across the nation, authorities approved the early release of February SNAP funds. On January 20, approximately 1.6 million Georgians who rely on SNAP to help feed themselves and their families received their February SNAP funds.
This early release is not an additional benefit. It is a response to the partial government shutdown. At this time, the next SNAP benefits are not expected until March 10th. The bottom line is you may need to stretch your food dollars even further.
The University of Georgia SNAP-Ed program provides education about meal planning and how to shop for healthy foods while sticking to a budget. (The SNAP-Ed Blog page provides a wealth of helpful information.) Also check out our list of thrifty recipes under the "Less Than $5 Meals" tab. Evidence proves that planning ahead is the single biggest impact you can make on your food budget. For me, setting aside 30-45 minutes once a week to plan out 4 or 5 dinners I can feed my family is key. From there I make out my grocery list, plan for leftovers, and reduce that "It's dinner time, the kids are hungry, what am I going to feed them?" stress.
VITA - Volunteer Income Tax Assistance
In partnership with the IRS, trained students (under supervision) can prepare taxes and file them electronically, at no charge. Sessions will be held at the Georgia United Credit Union, 190 Gaines School Road, Athens on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings from January 29 - April 11, 2019. Appointments are also available on Saturdays from January 26 - April 6, 2019.
You must make an appointment on-line by visiting the Georgia United Credit Union website: gucu.org - Hover over the word "Membership" then choose VITA Tax Prep.
If you do not have internet access, please call to make an appointment: 770-476-6400, extension 4186.
Please read all the information on the website before making an appointment so that you know what information you will need for your appointment. Do not wait until the last minute - appointments are limited toward the tax deadline.
Athens-Clarke County Outdoor Watering Schedule
Due to improved conditions Athens-Clarke County has eased watering restrictions and the non-drought outdoor water use schedule is in effect. You may visit Athens-Clarke County Public Works for complete information regarding allowable schedules for uses of water outdoors. Some areas of Georgia are still in level 1 drought. Please refer to the Environmental Protection Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources for restriction in those counties. Remember every drop counts.
There are no upcoming events at this time.
Do You Need a Speaker?
UGA Extension Athens-Clarke County agents and trained volunteers are available to present educational programs of interest to your group or organization. We offer programs tailored to fit your needs in a variety of topics including landscaping, home gardening, healthy lifestyles, nutrition, food safety, 4-H youth development and more. Our educators keep busy schedules so it is important to make a speaker request as early as possible to get a spot on our calendar. You may contact through the form below or consult our Contact Us page to access the contact information for a specific staff member. We look forward to working with you.
Ask an Expert
Ask an Expert is a site where you can get expert answers and help from Cooperative Extension/University staff and volunteers from across the United States. Our staff is available to answer your questions with current research based information or to share details regarding UGA Extension Athens-Clarke County programs. Simply fill out the short form below to submit your question and receive an email response.