Fresh Starts, Consistent Support

Students meeting and talking on campus. Photo taken 01-26-18.

As the days of summer come and go, the reminders keep popping up that it’s that time again. The fall semester is starting soon.

Even before the challenges of this particular era, navigating university life in a different city could be daunting. Perhaps your mind is awash with advice from well-meaning friends and family members, or with more questions. What are the “do”s and “don’t”s for this upcoming chapter? What are a few must-see places in the area? What resources are out there?

Green bell peppers in a store cooler at the Field & Fork Food Pantry. Photo taken 11-18-19.

Among the many resources available, there may be a few you haven’t heard of yet. For example, the Hitchcock Field & Fork Pantry offers free staple foods for members of the UF community who are experiencing food insecurity. For more information, visit

Smoked meat at the University of Florida's meat lab.

The University of Florida Meat Processing Center has a meat retail store that sells an array of beef and pork retail cuts. To find out more about this program, visit

A book with its pages folded to look like a flower. 02/13/2008.

Additionally, Ask IFAS is a free online resource where you can access reliable information from UF/IFAS Extension and UF/IFAS academic departments (such as the UF/IFAS Department of Microbiology and Cell Science, or the UF/IFAS Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences). There are so many helpful publications on a vast number of topics. These topics include but are not limited to the following.

*Community involvement
*Conflict management
*Time management
*Work and the workplace
*Disaster preparation
*Overall healthy living

For answers to your life sciences- and human and natural resources-related questions, remember to Ask IFAS.


Posted: August 9, 2022

Category: Health & Nutrition, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension, Work & Life
Tags: Ask IFAS, Campus, Food, Meat, Student Life

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