Free lunches for college students
By: Cody Drolet
Every year the churches in Stephenville around Tarleton State University offer students and faculty free lunch on a designated day of the week, however, with everything going on this semester in regard to the coronavirus guidelines many wondered if the tradition would continue.
With some great ingenuity and the help of the volunteers who attend the Wesley, Baptist Student Ministry (BSM), Texans for Christ and St. Lukes the churches plan to continue serving free to-go lunches for students and faculty.
The schedule is as follows: The Tarleton Wesley will serve food on Mondays, Texans for Christ on Tuesday from 11:30-1 p.m., the BSM on Wednesday at 12 p.m. and St. Luke’s is on Thursdays, however, they have made the decision to postpone free lunch for safety precautions at the moment.
Taylor Holt, the guy behind Texans for Christ’s involvement with the free lunches, shared some of the challenges they faced as a church getting free lunch up and running as well as about the changes they are making this semester to ensure everyone’s safety while still serving the community.
“We have adjusted our free lunch program to align with what several local businesses in the food industry do. Currently, we aren’t allowing students to dine-in, but we still offer to-go lunches each week. All of our workers wear face coverings and gloves, and we have been taking extra precautions with food prep to be sure we are as safe as possible. We also require students to use hand sanitizer before coming through to pick up their meal,” Holt said.
Free lunch at Texans for Christ will available every Tuesday throughout this semester from 11:30-1:00 p.m. until Nov. 17. Everyone is welcome, all you need to do is look for the purple canopy at the Texans for Christ church then walk up and get your lunch. There is also a drive through available where they will drop it off to you.
Holt said, “We set up large purple canopy in front of our building where students can walk up and be handed their meal, already packaged up and ready to go, complete with dessert and bottled water. Students can also drive up curbside in front of our building and have a meal brought to their car.”
With everything going on this semester its great to see organizations still continuing to help out in the community and making sure this tradition stays alive. So, if you’re on campus and want a free lunch feel free to check out any of these churches on their specific day.
“It is truly our privilege to serve the Tarleton Campus, and we are happy to continue to support students during this unprecedented time,” Holt said.