Serve a Meal

After 15 months, we are excited to welcome Cafe 131 Club members back to our campus - we've miss you all!!! 

The dedicated staff, guests, and volunteers at GRACE have served over 730,000+ 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.

Photo of GRACE Meal Volunteers

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. The total time commitment is 1 hour and 45 minutes. We ask that you arrive 30 minutes before 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:

NOTE: We are currently accepting sign-ups for Lunch and Dinner services. 


Saturday & Sunday

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

Breakfast: 10:00AM – 11:00AM
Dinner: 4:30PM – 5:30PM


Sign Up

We are currently offering sign-ups now to Serve A Meal for Lunch and Dinner in August are now OPEN on a first come, first serve basis. Sign-ups can be booked 90 days in advance! 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.

You must have your COVID-19 vaccination and take a COVID-19 test upon arrival to serve a meal in our cafe.  

Click here to see available dates and sign up! 



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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