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Family & Consumer Sciences

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed)

Eating Right, Spending Smart, and Raising Kids...Living Well!

Family & Consumer Sciences (FACS) Extension Agents offer non-biased, research-based solutions and cutting edge knowledge on many topics, including:

FACS agents also partner with employers and other agencies to enhance economic development by education our present and future work force.  Examples include:

  • Health education and chronic disease prevention programs;
  • Required employee training such as food safety for restaurant workers and child development training for child care providers;
  • Life skills education to reduce turnover and increase productivity, such as managing finances and balancing work/family responsibilities.

ServSafe Manager Certification Training

ServSafe is a nationally recognized program developed by the Educational Foundation of The National Restaurant Association for food service workers in restaurant, school, hospital and other food service settings. Upon completion of this two day course, participants will received a certificate that is widely recognized and accepted by the majority of local and state jurisdictions that require food service safety training.   A fall ServSafe class is scheduled for October 23 and 24, 2019.  Contact Jackie Dallas for registration information.       

The fee for this ServSafe course is $140 which includes 16 hours of instruction, the course book, exam booklet, and administration of the test. Upon request the text book is available in select languages other than English.  For additional information you may contact Jackie Dallas by email or by telephone at (706) 613-3640.




Walk Georgia

Walk Georgia is a free Web-based fitness program designed to encourage activity and exercise through accountability and community!  The web site allows users to track their activities and record fitness progress.  Users can compare their activities to individuals in their county, across the state, and even create custom group challenges.  Walk Georgia provides resources on health and the tools and information to get physically active.  Create an account and start tracking your progress to a healthier you.  You may contact our staff for additional information about Walk Georgia. 



Project F. R. E. E.

What is Project F.R.E.E.?   Project F.R.E.E. is a campus-community partnership helping parents develop skills to strengthen the quality of their couple and/or co-parenting relationships.  We are also supporting parents in building the capacity to build and manage financial resources.

Parenting Together?  The responsibilities of parenting add heavy demands on all couples.  Negotiating these changes can often become a source of tension.  Our Elevate program provides couples (married or unmarried) with strategies and skills to manage stress and conflict while strengthening your relationship.

Parenting Apart? Parenting together for parents who are apart can be challenging.  Our Together We Can program helps single parents develop strategies and skills to manage stress and conflict, promote a positive co-parenting relationship, and develop future healthy romantic relationships.

Both programs are free!  These no-cost, 8 hour programs also include a meal and onsite childcare (space is limited) at each class, as well as up to $80 for attending all 4 classes.  In addition to elevating your relationships, parents can also participate in research that will help support future programs.  Each participant can earn up to $175.00.

Upcoming Classes

These 4-7 week free classes will be offered throughout Clarke, Elbert, Madison, Oconee, and Oglethorpe counties on a rotating basis.  Meals and childcare (space is limited) will be provided.  Classes in Clarke County are listed below:

Elevate Couples Class will be held November 12, 19, 26 and December 3 at the Winterville Center for Community Resources.

Elevate Couples Class will be held December 6 and 7 at the East Athens Community Center.

Together We Can Singles Class will be held September 27 and 28 at the Boys and Girls Club of Athens.


To learn more about participating in these classes contact the program coordinator, Bemene Piaro, at bemene.piaro@uga.edu or (706) 310-3643.  For more information about Project F.R.E.E. and a list of all classes in 12 counties, visit www.ugaprojectfree.com

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