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Every year, around 51 University of Georgia organizations collect ingredients in the weeks leading up to Turkeypalooza weekend, where Campus Kitchen students and volunteers prepare over 1,000 Thanksgiving meals for families all over Athens.


Turkeypalooza is one of the most exciting times of year for Campus Kitchen as well as all of OSL. During this jam-packed weekend, it’s all hands on deck as dozens of volunteers come together to create meals consisting of mashed potatoes, collards, green bean casserole, stuffing, gravy, turkey, and delicious pumpkin pie. Although the dirty dishes seem to never end, it’s all worth it to have the opportunity to provide Thanksgiving meals to those experiencing food insecurity in Athens.

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Help us bring home the holidays to seniors in our community 

Turkeypalooza is the seasonal event of the Campus Kitchen at UGA and the Athens Community Council on Aging that provides holiday groceries and meals to older adult families and homebound individuals. This year, on our 10th Anniversary, members of our community across Athens will come together to donate time and cans to provide over 300 families with holiday meals and groceries.

We need your help to bring Thanksgiving to our older adults! Sign up your UGA student organization, UGA department, work group, or civic group to participate in this year’s can drive.

Click the link below to register to participate. The information collected will be used to help us determine the specific item and goal for your organization. Registration closes October 11th at 5pm. 

*Please note that this year to make things a bit more exciting the Turkeypalooza Can Drive is a competition! The winner will get a fun prize to recognize them for all the hard work they put in.*

Dates to Know

Deadline to register: Oct. 11 

Bin pick-up: Oct. 13 – Oct. 15

Can Drive: Oct. 18 – Nov. 10

Turkeypalooza: Nov. 17 – Nov. 20

We know your organization wants to make the most of this opportunity to serve the community, and have fun while doing it! We’ve prepared a guide to help you know what to expect and some tips to help you be satisfied with your impact. ​​

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