Serve a Meal

The dedicated staff, guests, and volunteers at GRACE have served over 650,000 meals since 2014, but we need your help to keep it going. Our most critical need at GRACE is for volunteer groups to purchase and prepare dinner in our facility for about 200 guests per meal.

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

Café 131 Hours | Sign-Up Information

Hours

Sharing meals at GRACE is a great opportunity for groups to directly help people in need in our community. GRACE provides three meals each day during the week and two meals per day on weekends.  If you are helping to prepare the meal we ask that you come two hours before meal time and if you are only serving we ask that you come thirty minutes before the meal time. 

Monday-Friday

Saturday & Sunday

Breakfast: 7AM – 8AM
Lunch: 11:30AM – 12:30PM
Dinner: 5:30PM – 6:30PM

Breakfast: 10AM – 11AM
Dinner: 4:30PM – 5:30PM

 

Sign Up

To serve a meal, please email volunteer@gracemarketplace.org or call Abigail at 352-792-0800 ext 104 with the following info:

  1. The name of your organization or group.
  2. The name and phone number of your group's coordinator.
  3. The date and meal you would like to serve.
  4. The number of volunteers in your group and if any volunteers are under 18 years old.
  5. The time your group plans to arrive at GRACE.

Children over the age of 14 are welcome to help, but each minor must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Minors must not make up more than half of any group.

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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Lauren Poe
Mayor, Gainesville, FL
"They're doing remarkable work and changing the lives of hundreds and hundreds of people."
Dr. Bernie Machen
President Emeritus, UF
"GRACE's early success represents a truly remarkable launch of a much-needed community resource."

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