Hive Loyola Free Lunch

The CSU recognizes that students at Loyola have few food options

The Hive Free Lunch is a free vegetarian lunch (with vegan options available) that is offered every weekday during the school year at the Loyola campus between 12:30 PM and 1:30 PM.

The Free Lunch is located next to the Hive Cafe on the second floor of the SC Building, and aims to provide quality, nutritious food while considering the social and environmental impact of the food we consume. The Hive Cafe Co-op is able to provide this program through funding from the CSU and the hard work of volunteers and Hive worker members.

Cooking begins around 9:30 AM and continues till service at 12:30 PM. Everyone works together to ensure the meal is delicious and on time. Volunteers help with everything—prepping, cooking, serving, and cleaning up. Prep starts for the next day while the meal is being served, in order to be able to start cooking first thing the next morning.

The Hive Free Lunch is a unique opportunity to foster a sense of community around food. Everyone works hard to develop an anti-oppressive environment, creating a safer space to share and learn cooking skills together.


Volunteering is essential!

We depend on volunteers’ helping hands to serve and clean up after lunch every day. If you’re on a tight schedule, feel free to pop into the kitchen whenever you have time between 9:30am and 2:30pm—just fifteen minutes of doing dishes, sweeping, drying dishes, or peeling carrots goes a long way to ease the workload on everyone else!


Looking for kitchen experience?

Or do you just love this program and want to help out? The Hive Free Lunch encourages weekly time blocks, so please contact them for more details! Volunteers who are able to commit to doing specific one, two, or three hour time blocks makes the Free Lunch run smoother, allows the coordinators more freedom, and lets them know if they need extra help in the kitchen on certain days.

Volunteers who commit to a two or three hour time block once a week are eligible to put this on their Co-Curricular Record through the Concordia Dean of Students Office.

Don’t forget, volunteers develop kitchen skills, skip the lunch line, get free coffee and endless gratitude, and make friends! We need everyone’s help to keep the free lunch running!

If you have any questions about volunteering or are interested in volunteering and/or signing up for a weekly volunteering time block, e-mail the Hive Free Lunch Coordinator at