A four-year public college costs an estimated $18,391 per year for in-state students and an organization has found a way to help students get some relief from their increasing tuition and living expenses.
Walking into the Baptist Collegiate Ministry (BCM) on Free Food Friday, there's laughing and pool balls scraping against billiard tables.
Located just across the street from the University of Memphis at 469 Patterson St., the BCM has served food to college students for the past 10 years.
"I come to get free because I’m a broke student and I need food and I always ask my friends if they want free food to come with me on Fridays," said Rianna Sarmiento, a senior biology major.
Churches from the city come and serve students different meals and deliver a message. The event lasts from noon to 1 p.m.
Students must show their college IDs and non-students pay $2.
"I love being a part of this organization where I help serve my peers and just fellowshipping and getting to know other students," said Anna Joy Batchelor, a sophomore journalism major
This past Friday Whitehaven Baptist served hot dogs, chips and cookies.
"I haven’t brought anyone but people have brought me and this is my third time here," said Morgan Bell, a freshman music composition major.
Everyone is always welcomed to get seconds.
The meals vary on what the participating church brings to serve the students, which can differ from home cooked meals to barbecue and even pizza.
Late Night appetite is another free meal opportunity hosted by the BCM every third Monday of the month from 9 p.m. till midnight, and they serve breakfast food.