- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 16, 2016

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - A University of Georgia graduate has provided a $2.4 million gift to his alma mater to support students and ensure they don’t have to worry about going hungry while in school.

A university press release says Jess Stokely gave the university’s Division of Student Affairs its largest ever one-time donation. The Athens Banner-Herald reports (https://bit.ly/2eYftMq) $1.5 million will go for general student support and $900,000 will go to the Let All the Big Dawgs Eat Food Scholarship.

The scholarship sponsors one-year meal plans for students with a demonstrated financial need. This year, 46 students’ meals are covered.

UGA’s seven-day-a-week plan costs $3,956, or $1,978 a semester. UGA also offers a number of other options, including a five-day-a-week plan at $3,754 and an 80-meal per semester plan at $2,802.

Stokely, 80, attended Oglethorpe County High School and got an undergraduate agriculture degree from UGA in 1958. He was the first of his family to graduate from college.



“With my background in food management, I feel like I have a God-given mandate to feed all the people I can in my life,” Stokely said in a news release. “I received a scholarship when I attended Georgia, and that meant a great deal.”

Stokely has devoted years to charity work aimed at alleviating hunger, including leadership in a ministry at his Pearland, Texas, church that has sent food to 54 countries.

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Information from: Athens Banner-Herald, https://www.onlineathens.com

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