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Unused food from postponed FSU football game donated to new shelter

Published: Nov. 25, 2020 at 11:52 AM EST|Updated: Nov. 25, 2020 at 11:03 PM EST
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - An unexpected surprise was one positive outcome of Florida State’s postponed game against Clemson this past weekend meant food in the mouths of those in need.

Food that was meant for fans in the stadium had already been prepared and was ready to go but was not gone to waste.

Inside Doak Campbell Stadium on Saturday, with just a few hours until kickoff, food for nearly 3,000 people was prepared and ready to go.

“We were 100% ready to open,” said Tracy Marple, the Regional General manager with the University Center Club. “In this case, we fried a lot of chicken tenders.”

Staff inside the University Center Club had been putting together the final touches when they got the news.

“It was almost like it was a joke and I’m like, ‘You’re kidding me, right|’ and he’s like, ‘No, the game has been postponed,’” recalled University Center Club Membership Direector Cherrie Barbree. “I was like, ‘No. No way this is not happening.’”

The shock announcement didn’t slow them down. Instead, it kicked them into high gear.

“They decided to bless us with some of it,” said Renee Miller, the Executive Director of City Walk Urban Mission.

Two cars full of leftover goodies were filled and delivered just down the road.

“It went a long way just to lif their spirits,” Miller continued. “‘It came from FSU? We’ve never eaten at the University Center Club...’”

More than an estimated 100 meals were dropped off at City Walk Urban Mission for people who could really use it.

“Some have not slept inside since March, some have not bathed in three, four months,” she said.

Miller says the Mission opened its doors just the night before the game day delivery as an emergency shelter for people displaced by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tuesday night, there was a crowd waiting outside seeking shelter for the evening. Wednesday, a facility is expected to open that will allow shelter for 100 people at a safe, social distance.

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