The Oconee Area Resource Council may have only a couple employees, but it’s magnanimous mission is supported by a multitude of volunteers and donors. 

Last week, OARC raised more than $20,000 to support an ambitious food drive for families whose children are not receiving free-and-reduced lunches due to school closures. 

In addition to its student mentor program, OARC provides meals to families through Food for Kids. The nonprofit also serves as a vocational job training site for the special education students at both high schools. Those students come to OARC every Thursday morning and learn valuable job skills. 

The backbone of Food for Kids is built on a partnership with Oconee County Schools, whose employees have voluntarily pledged $29,390 through one-time gifts or payroll deductions for the 2019-2020 school year. OARC Executive Director Amanda Davis said Target recently donated 150 boxes of soap.

The Food Bank of Northeast Georgiaand the Athens Area Community Foundation  teamed up with OARC last Friday at a mobile food delivery station at Watkinsville First Baptist

On Monday, OARC distributed family food boxes using OCS bus routes and the help of many school system employees and volunteers. 

OARC packed 600 bags of food in one week and has paid for food for 95 family food boxes. The Athens Area Diaper Bank even provided diapers for families in need. 

OARC will hold another food pick-up station Friday at Antioch Baptist Church. 

To inquire about the time and details of the event or to contribute with monetary donations, call (706) 769-4974 or email Amanda@oconeeconnection.org.

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