UGA Extension Office

Family & Consumer Sciences

Fall Holiday Information:

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 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.         

The fee for this ServSafe course is $140 which includes 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 about the class and future dates, you may contact Jackie Dallas by email or by telephone at (706) 613-3640.


Project F. R. E. E.Project F.R.E.E. logo

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

Due to the recent spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), Project F.R.E.E. is taking necessary precautions to keep our families, communities, and staff safe.

  • We are asking our partners to continue to submit referrals as we are moving forward with our recruitment efforts.  Please let your families know that there may be a slight delay in our response time due to limited support staff, however, we will reach out to all families who you refer and who express interest in our programs.
  • We are canceling all face-to-face community events and meetings for the remainder of March.  This includes the canceling of the following programs:
  • Clarke County: Elevate program at East Athens Community Center scheduled to start on March 17
  • We have postponed the 5th Annual Weekend Retreat scheduled on March 27 & 28.  We are exploring alternate dates to host the retreat this summer.
  • We are contacting all of our families to make them aware of the cancelled/postponed programs and we will keep them updated once those programs are rescheduled.
  • We will assess the status of programs scheduled in April as we receive updated information from the University and State, and will keep you and the families informed.
  • If you have questions, please reach out to the Program Coordinators serving your county by phone or email.  They will be limiting their direct contact in the community during the next two weeks, but would be happy to meet with you via ZOOM video if needed.
Mikki Burnett |  (706) 286-2084 | | covering Clarke, Elbert, Madison, Oconee, and Oglethorpe Counties.
Brigette Love |  (706) 286-2997 | | covering Barrow, Jackson, and Walton Counties
Brittney Thompson | (706) 286-2282 | | covering Greene, Morgan, Newton, and Rockdale Counties


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

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