Author: Sara Tanner


Pantry kicks off “Footsteps to Field & Fork” Food Drive

The University of Florida Field and Fork Pantry is encouraging students, faculty and staff to donate to the pantry and show their “Footsteps to Field & Fork.”

From March 21 to April 1, those who donate to the Pantry are encouraged to take a selfie and post it to Instagram and/or Facebook using the #InThePantry and tag @fieldandforkuf. The goal of the Footsteps to Field & Fork campaign is to promote the Pantry and encourage people to support those with food insecurity issues in the community.

The Pantry is currently in need of grains (pasta, rice, oatmeal, cereal, granola bars, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, etc.) and proteins (canned tuna, meat, sardines, dried beans, canned beans, etc.).

People are encouraged to donate to the pantry directly on Tuesdays from 1 to 7 p.m., Wednesdays from 9 to 6 p.m., and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Pantry is located on campus near the North Lawn between Marston Science Library and McCarty Hall.

Opened in fall 2015, the Pantry supports students, faculty, and staff who need a little extra help finding healthy food for themselves and their families.  At the University of Florida, every Gator counts.

The Pantry is a component of the Field and Fork Campus Food program which creates awareness about food insecurity and sustainable food practices and educates Gators on how to make balanced food choices.

The Pantry also is part of the U Matter, We Care initiative, UF’s umbrella program to promote a caring culture and provide students in distress with support and coordination of the wide variety of appropriate resources.  Families, faculty and students can contact seven days a week for assistance for students in distress.

To learn more about the drive, the Field and Fork Pantry, or other events, please visit

Find additional updates and participate in the drive on Facebook ( and Instagram (


Fall Collection Day

Join the UF Office of Sustainability for their Fall Collection Day! This event makes it easy and convenient to get rid of unwanted household items, hazardous waste, old electronics, furniture, appliances, and non-perishable food items.

Usable items will be donated for use in the community, and damaged goods, hazardous waste, and electronic equipment will be recycled or disposed of safely and responsibly by our partnering organizations. Food donations will benefit the new campus food pantry, Field & Fork.

Collection Day will take place on Wednesday, September 9 from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the southeast corner of the parking lot directly across the street from the Reitz Union Welcome Center on Museum Road.

Their partnering organizations include:

– Haven Hospice Attic
– Alachua County Household & Hazardous Waste Collection
– Field & Fork Food Pantry

Learn more at

Field to Fork Pantry grand opening ceremony on September 1st, 2015.

Pantry Opens for Students, Faculty, and Staff in Need

On Sept. 1, thfieldandforke University of Florida officially opened the new Field and Fork Campus Food Program Pantry to support students, faculty, and staff who need a little extra help finding healthy food for themselves and their families.

An open house to celebrate the pantry’s official opening was held on Sept. 1, kicked off by a brief ceremony featuring comments from UF President Kent Fuchs, Student Affairs Vice President Dave Kratzer, UF/IFAS Vice President Jack Payne, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Charlie Lane, Student Body President Joselin Padron-Rasines, and others who have been instrumental in supporting the program.

“Nothing better embodies the spirit of optimism — of action — than the Field and Fork Food Pantry that we’re gathered to open this morning,” said President Fuchs in his opening remarks.  He went on to laud those who were motivated enough by the need they had observed to ensure the project’s successful launch.

Learn more about the ribbon cutting ceremony and watch a recording of the Sept. 2 Wellness Wednesday presentation to learn more about the food pantry, campus CSAs, and local food resources at


UF Soulfest Supports The Pantry

Soulfest is officially supporting the University of Florida Field & Fork Pantry as their philanthropy.

Soulfest, one of Homecoming’s most progressive events, is a multicultural extravaganza and concert event, which includes an evening of music, dance and art. Soulfest gives all university and community members an opportunity to celebrate the diversity and variety of cultures within the Gator Nation. This year’s event will include a showcase of multicultural pride featuring music, cultural attire, artistic performances from various student organizations, and international foods. Last year’s Soulfest exceeded 1,500 attendees, and they are working diligently to surpass this goal.

More information / press contact: Camila Camargo –


Sept. 19 Gainesville Food Truck Rally to Benefit The Pantry

DATE: Saturday Sept 19, 2015

LOCATION: High Dive – 210 SW 2nd Ave Downtown Gainesville  (next to Five Star Pizza)

TIME: 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.

WHAT: Over 10 local / regional mobile food vendors plus a Free Concert with live local music

In January 2013, the Original Gainesville Food Truck Rally was launched at High Dive, the first ever event of its kind in Alachua County.  The response was overwhelming, and has spawned a new local tradition and an ever growing food truck culture in Gainesville.

Glory Days, High Dive and new host Off the Griddle Food Truck once again are giving you the unique opportunity to try a variety of delicious, high-end foods at affordable prices. Food trucks from across the area and beyond will be serving up unique, gourmet style fare to Gainesville’s hungry masses at this one-of-a-kind local event! Vegan and vegetarian options available.

This rally is benefiting UF Field & Fork Pantry. “Vote” for your favorite food truck by donating in the box at their truck with all proceeds going to the charity.  The truck with the most donations wins a prize from a local business
The fully stocked beer, wine and liquor bar outside in the newly restyled Beer Garden at High Dive will once again be open with lots of tables and seating. Non alcoholic drinks will also be available from the tents in the parking lot, as well as the bar.

NO COVER for the public! Its completely FREE, so come on out and bring all your friends and family! Even the dog !

PARTICIPATING FOOD VENDORS listed on the Facebook event

FREE LIVE LOCAL MUSIC plus the GATOR GAME vs Kentucky on the big screen!

Starts 6 p.m.


Earth Fare Donation

In honor of the opening of Earth Fare’s new store in Gainesville, the Asheville-based organic grocery store generously donated $1,000 to The Pantry.

Earth Fare offers a full line of natural and organic groceries, including bulk items, departments for meat and seafood, cheese, wellness and beauty, a bakery, a deli, pizza and sandwich stations, sushi, a juice and smoothie bar and a coffee bar. A breakfast bar is available mornings. Learn more at


SAVE THE DATE: Ribbon Cutting

The Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony and Open House will be held on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at 10 a.m. outside the front of The Pantry, which faces The North Lawn.  President Fuchs, Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President Charlie Lane, Senior Vice President of Agriculture and Natural Resources Jack Payne, Vice President for Student Affairs Dave Kratzer, CEO and President of Bread of the Mighty Food Bank Marcia Conwell, and UF student representative Logan Ham will all provide brief comments to attendees.

After the official ribbon cutting ceremony, attendees will be able to tour the facility and learn more about the Field and Fork Campus Food Program at the various tables present.  There will also be opportunities to donate food, to make monetary donations online, and to be added to the list of interested volunteers.

The Pantry is located near McCarty Hall D. Guests are encouraged to bring non-perishable food donation to the event, and they will receive a reuasble U Matter, We Care bag.

Please RSVP to by Monday, August 24.


Pantry Construction – Phase 1

Phase I of construction involved removing existing louvers and replacing them with wall, windows, and the front door; raising the slab to be level with the area that will be Phase II; installing a sewer line; installing an ADA accessible bathroom, installing a hand washing sink and food prep sink that will be utilized for preparation of food from The Garden in Phase II; installing a climate control system that is up to code for occupancy; building a delivery ramp from the back door to the storefront area; building a half-wall to separate the delivery ramp from the storefront area; installing a drop ceiling; adding drywall to the existing walls; installing wiring for wi-fi and computer accessibility.



The University of Florida will hold a groundbreaking ceremony today for the Field and Fork Food Pantry. The event will take place at 11 a.m. at Newell Drive, west of the Food Science and Human Nutrition building.

The food pantry will offer members of the UF community healthy, nutritious food free of charge, said Anna Prizzia, campus food systems coordinator. Currently, there are plans to offer fresh produce, non-perishable foods, canned goods and toiletries.

The university will grow food at the UF Community Farm to stock coolers with fresh produce, said Jack Payne, UF’s senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources and leader of the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. “We’ll offer student-led classes in cooking, nutrition and budgeting so that we don’t just slake hunger but promote self-sufficiency,” he said. The pantry is scheduled to open by mid-July.

The pantry will help stop hunger at the university, Payne said.

“One in 10 University of Florida students reports going hungry at times. Among students from low-income families, the hunger rate is twice that,” Payne said. “The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences has recast the starving student cliché as a serious policy issue: Hunger as a barrier to higher education.”

Other land-grant institutions have also opened food pantries, Payne said. The University of Georgia opened a student food pantry in 2011. Louisiana State University opened one in 2013.


Cutline: Officials with UF and UF/IFAS gather Tuesday, May 5, 2015 outside McCarty Hall to break ground on the new UF Field and Fork Food Pantry.

Credit: Tyler L. Jones, UF/IFAS photography

By: Beverly James, 352-273-3566,

Source: Anna Prizzia, 352-294-2208,

Original news release online at