Free Food For The Famished
Eating well, especially when living on a budget, is not easy. I have a friend who has developed almost a sixth sense that helps him smell free food from miles away. I asked him to teach me the art of filling your belly without emptying your wallet, and here is what I found out.
There are many opportunity for students, faculty and staff to enjoy a free meal near the campus here at Angelo State. Usually, meals are offered once a week by the many churches or religious groups near campus, such as Baptist Student Ministry on Wednesdays and College Hills Baptist Church on Thursdays.
One of the free lunches is offered at United Campus Ministries, a small building just south of the Cavness Science Building. Every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. a free home-cooked lunch is served to everyone who is hungry. The food is prepared by a different church every week and the menu ranges from delicious traditional brisket to yummy pasta and much more.
As you walk in, Gary, a friendly looking biker, will welcome you with a warm smile. The small and colorful room gets crowded pretty quickly around noon. The lively atmosphere is made even more cheerful by the bright mural paintings.
This is not the only place where refreshments are provided to busy students. The Multicultural Center, located in the University Center, organizes activities and events to promote awareness and understanding of diversity and serves free coffee to whoever walks by on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Just be aware that, if you show up too late, the coffee might be gone.
For the ones who have a sweet tooth, a free root beer float is offered by Concho Educators Federal Credit Union in the University Center. As an international student, the first time I saw ice cream in a soda I was shocked. You cannot see anything like that in Italy. But once I tried it, I had to admit it actually tastes pretty good.
If this is not enough, many other events are usually accompanied by some free food or snacks. Just make a habit of periodically checking the ASU events calendar to find out day by day what’s going on around campus. This is a great way not only to satisfy your appetite, but also to meet new people and make new experiences.
Here’s a quick breakdown of all the free food in and around campus each week:
United Campus Ministries (UCM)
When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays
Where: 2453 Dena Drive (near Cavness Science Building)
When: Noon Wednesdays
Where: 1906 Johnson Ave. (next to the Christian Campus Center)
When: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursdays
Where: College Hills Fellowship Halls, 2102 Johnson St. (south of the Ben Kelly Center for Human Performance)
When: 9 a.m. to noon (or until supplies last) Tuesdays and Thursdays
Where: Multicultural Center (University Center, room 114)
Root Beer Floats
When: 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Thursdays
Where: University Center Spine