We’ve all been there before – it’s the middle of the afternoon, and you’re stomach begins to rumble. You have reached the time of the day when you realize that the granola bar you had for breakfast and the soup and salad you chose for lunch are not going to get you through the afternoon.
The rumblings are slow and sporadic at first, but gradually gain in both force and frequency. You know you need a snack, but you have no time to leave your books and even less money (so sad) to buy some food.
What to do? Be not afraid, my fellow hungry souls: below are four venues on campus that offer free food and drinks on a daily basis.
1. Campus Ministry Office, Coleman-Morse Center
Nestled on the first floor near the south entrance of CoMo, Campus Ministry offers free Keurig coffee and tea to any passerby. A large box of treats, usually containing candy bars or cookies, sits by the drink station as well.
Looking for a healthier snack? Campus Ministry also has an endless supply of peanuts and dry cereal. All items cost nothing more than a warm smile for the receptionist nearby.
2. Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) Building
Located behind the Basilica, the ACE building is an upscale version of Campus Ministry when it comes to food offerings. Free tea and coffee can be had along with a wide assortment of packaged products. Baked potato chips, chocolate chip cookies, and a variety of trail mixes are mainstays among ACE’s offerings.
3. Law School Library
The last two venues require most of us to pretend that we belong at a place where, well, technically we we do not. But times of hangriness call for desperate measures, right?
Undergraduates who wander into the law school library are sometimes greeted by a woman pushing a cart that bears an abundance of free snacks – chips, sweets, trail mix, peanuts…you name it, chances are, she’s got it.
Take note: this traveling snack shop is much more likely to frequent the library at night than during the day. Advice? Grab a snack for now and one for tomorrow afternoon.
4. Glynn Family Honors Program, 309 O’Shaughnessy Hall
This spacious study space is intended for use by honors students only. Befriend one of these students, though, and I’m sure he or she will not mind bringing you along to study with, right?
Once inside, a plethora of snacks awaits you. Candy bars, granola bars and everything in between sit in small bowls scattered about the room. Eat quietly, though; as you might expect, these students take their studies very seriously.
All four of these venues are open during normal work hours (9-5) from Monday-Friday and can be accessed at various times throughout the weekend. Satisfying your midday hunger has never been easier. Problem solved.
Have time to whip up something for yourself? Check out these super easy snack recipes: