Free food for body and soul

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Illustration by Estefania B. Alonso

By Priscilla Galarza

A college student is known for stretching a dollar.

Bringing a brown bag lunch is an option to save on eating out; however, students can find free food on and around campus.

The Catholic Stud-ent Association beats even low restaurant prices by offering free lunches along with a ministry and activities at the Catholic Student Center, 312 Courtland Place, one block north of Loftin Student Center.

Campus Minister Joseph Liedecke said the meals offered are as “cheap as you can get … it’s free”.

The Catholic Student Center has Picnic and Parables at 12:15 p.m. Tuesdays.

Parables are led by student leaders or sisters and brothers of the Catholic faith. Each Tuesday Liedecke prepares a meal.

The center stocks the kitchen with donations and a small student budget funded by the Archdiocese of San Antonio.

The center and kitchen are open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday–Thursday and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday.

For more information, call (210) 736-9306.

The Methodist Student Center, 102 Belknap Place, also offers free food at Bible studies 1:15 p.m. -2:15 p.m. Wednesdays.

The center also hosts Hot Potato presentations noon- 1 p.m. Tuesdays in which a speaker or a panel discussion covers current events, such as community organization, racism and legal viewpoints on same-sex marriage, said the Rev. Johnny Silva, center director.

Hot baked potatoes and toppings are served afterward along with a chance to talk with the speaker.

For more information, call 210-733-1441 or visit


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