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Florida Saves Week kicks off Feb. 26

Who:    UF/IFAS Family and Consumer Sciences program

What:    More than 60 percent of Americans don’t have $500 available in the event of an emergency. However, experts say that making saving a habit can help people at all income levels build up financial security and increase overall financial health.

Florida Saves Week is an annual event that encourages Floridians to make a savings plan to which they can stick. The week will kick off with an official declaration signed by Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis. The declaration will be read live by UF/IFAS Extension Associate Dean Michael Gutter, and broadcast on the Florida Saves Facebook page.

The celebration will also include a savings-themed photo booth, prize drawing and opportunities to take the Florida Saves pledge.

When:    12 to 1:30 p.m., Feb. 26

Where:   UF/IFAS Extension Straughn Center

Room C, 2142 Shealy Dr.

Gainesville, FL 32611

Contact: Samantha Grenrock, 352-294-3307 (office), 949-735-1076 (cell),


The mission of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is to develop knowledge relevant to agricultural, human and natural resources and to make that knowledge available to sustain and enhance the quality of human life. With more than a dozen research facilities, 67 county Extension offices, and award-winning students and faculty in the UF College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, UF/IFAS works to bring science-based solutions to the state’s agricultural and natural resources industries, and all Florida residents. Visit the UF/IFAS web site at and follow us on social media at @UF_IFAS.