Gators Feed Gators
In November 2016, the first annual Gators Feeding Gators event was held as a community-building luncheon where faculty, staff, and students were asked to engage in icebreakers, conversation, and share a meal.
Staff and Faculty donated over $3,500 to kick-start a funding program to provide $10 gift cards to the Gator Grill Cafeteria or to the Paper Tree to help students in need.
This is the beginning of a program and system to address hunger in our students that we know will grow. The main and immediate focus of this effort to coordinate donations to provide gift cards for food is to help minimize the barrier of food insecurity in students to support their success in the moment we identify a need. Our hope and goal is that this effort will play into a larger system of support for these students and help to tie them into one or more of our resource centers on campus and cement their place in our community to help them persist to completion.