The week before Valentine’s Day is upon us. Whether you’ve spent your money on a gift for that special someone or just want a stranger to pay for your meal as an act of chivalry (or bribery),  we could all use some free food.

Check out this list of all the places you can get free food this week:

Chik-Fil-A Coffee

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When: Everyday in February
Location: Chik-Fil-A
What to Expect: Try a cup of THRIVE coffee for free in your favorite chicken spot. You don’t even have to purchase anything else.

Charles Darwin Birthday Party

When: Monday, February 9 | 2:00-4:00 pm
Location: McClung Museum
What to Expect: Hang out with Monty the Dinosaur, Darwin and Wallace while you nom on birthday cake and other snacks.

Coffee and Conversation with Mayor Rogero

When: Tuesday, February 10 | 5:00 pm
Location: UC Ballroom
What to Expect: Drink some coffee, and talk to Mayor Rogero about any concerns you have.

Oxfam UTK does Valentine’s Day

When: Wednesday February 11 and Thursday, February 12 | 11:00 am-2:00 pm
Location: Pedestrian Walkway
What to Expect: Not quite free, but grab a sweet treat and donate to Oxfam to help rural farmers put food on the table.

Valentine’s Day Hot Chocolate Giveaway

When: Wednesday February 11 | 12:30-2:00 pm
Location: Pedestrian Walkway
What to Expect: Grab some free vegan hot chocolate and anti-dairy literature.

International Coffeehouse

When: Wednesday, February 11 | 2:00-4:00 pm
Location: Mary E. Greer Room of Hodges Library
What to Expect: Meet some new people while you enjoy a Saudi Arabian snack and hot drink.

O Taste and See: Love Poetry and Dark Chocolate

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When: Wednesday, February 11 | 5:00-6:00 pm
Location: UT Medical Center
What to Expect: Get ready for Valentine’s Day with some love poems and dark chocolate.

CIE Spring 2015 International Trivia Night

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When: Thursday, February 12 – 6:00-7:45 pm
Location: International House
What to Expect: Test your trivia game at an international level and enjoy some free pizza.
*Note: You must register in advance online by Monday, February 9

Darwin Day Cake Contest and Alan de Queiroz

When: Thursday, February 12 | 6:30-8:00 pm
Location: UC Auditorium
What to Expect: From 6:30-7:00 compete in a biogeography themed cake competition. Then, feast on the winning cakes during a lecture by Alan de Queiroz.

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