The Office of Community Life at California Baptist University is hosting a Commuter Thanksgiving Lunch in the Staples room Nov. 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Commuter Thanksgiving Lunch will offer large turkey legs for all commuter students who want one, as well as other Thanksgiving classics, such as stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry salad and bread rolls, as well as soups and salads. Gluten-free options will be available at the event.
Daniel Garcia, assistant director of New Student Programs, said the purpose of the event is to provide food for commuter students.
“We know that commuters often don’t have a meal plan, and they also have the responsibility of getting to class and being prepared for the whole day,” Garcia said. “Sometimes they’re not able to meal prep, so the goal is to feed them.”
Garcia said another goal of the event is to connect commuter students with one another so they can spend time with their friends in celebration of Thanksgiving.
Many commuter students are interested in commuter-specific events, especially ones that provide free food and a chance to connect with other commuter students.
Rakiesia Snyder, freshman English major and a commuter, said she plans on attending the event because she thinks having connections to other commuters makes school more enjoyable and much easier.
“It’s a really good idea, and I plan on going to all the events I can go to that include commuter activities because I really want to get to know people who commute,” Snyder said. “I know we really don’t know who is a commuter and who is not just by walking around campus, so going to those events will help us know faces better.”
Commuter student Faith Lopez, junior communication studies and intercultural studies double major, said she plans to attend the event partly for the opportunity to have a meal. Lopez said she always appreciates when the campus provides free meals for commuters, such as the Sidewalk Café events.
“I’ve been to the Sidewalk Cafés (because) it’s free,” Lopez said. “I love the burritos, and the coffee is always really good. I would like more of the Sidewalk Cafés because they’re my favorite.”
Lopez said she spends her spare time between classes at the Commuter Lounge, so she appreciates having the chance to connect with her commuter friends at the Thanksgiving Lunch.
This is the first year Community Life will host this event, and officials said they expect approximately 300-400 students to attend.