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CLUB 131

About ten years ago, Gainesville resident and homeless advocate Pat Fitzpatrick rallied local residents in convincing the city to overturn a policy limiting soup kitchens to serving only 130 meals per day. The dining room is named Cafe 131 to honor Pat's legacy and advocacy work to help erase the 130-meal limit from Gainesville's books.

As a member of Club 131, you belong to a group of dedicated people who believe everyone deserves a warm mea. Members of Club 131 supports the operation of Cafe 131 by serving a meal, and making annual, quarterly, or monthly donations. 

Get started here:

Serve A Meal
Make a Donation
to Cafe 131
Fundraise for 
Cafe 131


We are excited to welcome Club 131 members back to our campus - we've missed you all!

The dedicated staff, guests, and volunteers at GRACE have served over 876,250+ meals since 2014, but we need your help to keep it going. Our most critical need at GRACE is for volunteer groups to prepare and serve dinner in Café 131.


You will be guided by one of our enthusiastic Café 131 staff members from start to finish. The Café 131 facility is stocked with commercial appliances and plenty of room for up to 7 volunteers to pitch in.

Time Commitment

Serving meals at GRACE is a great opportunity for groups to directly help people in need in our community. We ask that you arrive 30 minutes before the meal service begins. For example, dinner starts at 5:30, so you're expected to arrive at 5:00pm, with dinner service wrapping up at 6:45pm.

Here are the meal service times:

Wednesday & Thursday

Volunteer Groups

Lunch: 11:30am - 12:30pm

Dinner: 5:30pm - 6:30pm


Individual Volunteers

Lunch: 11:30am - 12:30pm

Dinner: 5:30pm - 6:30pm