Gator Grub Alert

Gator Grub Alert is an opt-in channel on the SF State Mobile app where students can sign up to be notified whenever there is free food on campus. 

This program allows Staff & Faculty to post excess catered food after their events, which supports students in getting a free meal and helps reduce food waste on campus. 

Food+Shelter+Success has partnered with Health Promotion & Wellness and the Office of Sustainability to re-launch this program! 

  1. Download the SF State Mobile app

  1. Log in using your SFSU ID and password. Allow push notifications. 

  1. Go to blue “What to Eat” tile. 

  1. Click on purple “Manage Gator Grub Alerts” tile. 

  1. Review waiver of liability and click “Continue to Opt-In.” 

  1. Click blue (+) sign to add the Gator Grub Alert channel. 

You are now ready to receive free food alerts! 

  1. Click on the push notification to find out where the free food is and what type of food is available. 

  1. Spread the word to any other SF State students you are with and head to the specified location where the food will be. 

  1. Pick up your grub and enjoy! 


Helpful Tips:

  • Arrive ASAP – food goes fast! 

  • Bring a to-go container if you have one 

  • Thank your host 😊 

In order to post a Gator Grub Alert, you must attend a Gator Grub Alert training! 

Attend an upcoming virtual Gator Grub Alert Lunch & Learn: 

Schedule a Gator Grub Alert group training for your staff (5 or more) by emailing Anjuman Shah ( or Taylor Mogavero (  

  1. To post your excess catered food, first log in to Modo:  

  1. Click the circle wave symbol (Communicate). 

  1. Click Gator Grub Alert (under Opt-In Channels on left side menu). 

  1. Click green “Create Message” button and fill out all required fields and check the box for push notifications. 

  1. Save, review, and send! 


For tech support, email 


Posting Best Practices & Reminders 

  • Include FREE, food name, specific location (building & room #), and time frame in post title 

  • Keep post description short (100-150 characters) and list all food items available 

  • Check the box for push notifications when creating the post 

  • Food can be offered for up to 30 minutes after posting 

  • If food runs out quickly, create a second post to let students know the food is no longer available 

  • Welcome students when they arrive and direct them to the food 

  • Keep an eye on food at all times and follow food safety guidelines outlined below. 

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