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November 17, 2021

For those Tar Heel students who find themselves sticking around campus this Thanksgiving, Carolina is offering a number of helpful resources. From turkey to trail hiking, we've got ideas to keep students fed and happy.  

Where to Eat 

Students remaining in Chapel Hill for the holidays are invited to pick up a complimentary, traditional Thanksgiving meal provided by generous donations of The Carolina Club Members. Numbers are limited, and it is first come, first served. Meal registration is required by no later than Nov. 18.  

For those students who are interested in heading off campus for a meal on Thanksgiving, the Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau compiled this handy list of Restaurants open in Orange County on Thanksgiving. 

Carolina Dining Services will post their Thanksgiving Break hours of operation for various dining locations online

New Student & Family Programs and the WOW Board are hosting Transfer-giving, a meal and community event for Transfer Students, on Nov. 22, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Great Hall. Special food and beverages provided on a first-come, first-serve basis. Visit the Heel Life event for more details.

Carolina Cupboard is an on-campus food pantry that provides food at no cost to students who are facing food insecurity. Although they will be closed Nov. 22-26, they are offering pre-packaged bags for pick up the week of Nov. 15 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. in Avery Residence Hall. Students can email [email protected] to arrange a pickup day and time. 

For students interested in other resources to address food insecurity, the UNC Writing and Learning Center shares a blog post: How I Dealt with Food Insecurity on Campus

What to Do 

Students can get cozy and curl up with a couple of good movies:  

  • Carolina Away and CUAB are hosting a Thanksgiving movie night Nov. 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. Pizza and drinks are available, and you can enter for a chance to win Men’s Basketball tickets. 
  • CUAB is hosting a virtual movie screening of “Cruella,” on Sunday, Nov. 28. 

Students can get their blood pumping and enjoy the crisp fall weather and colorful foliage: 

  • Exercise is Medicine hosts a wellness walk on Tuesday, Nov. 22 (and every Tuesday!).  
  • Carolina and the surrounding area offer many opportunities for nature walks and hikes. Our Healthy Heels blog outlines many ways students can get outside and explore nature around UNC-Chapel Hill. 

For those students who enjoy football as a Thanksgiving tradition, the Tar Heels will take on the Wolfpack on Friday, Nov. 26 (7 p.m. TV: ABC or ESPN; Radio: Tar Heel Sports Network). Go Heels! 

Getting Around

For our students looking for a ride home or who just need to get out and about, UNC Transportation and Parking shares transit and travel options on their website.

On-Campus Residents

Carolina Housing provided our residential students with resources and information that will help them enjoy campus over Thanksgiving Break.

Looking for Health Care or Mental Health Support?

CAPS 24-7:  Call 919-966-2281 (Campus Health line) or 919-966-3658 (direct CAPS number) to speak to a mental health professional.

While Campus Health is closed, students may access UNC Urgent Care located at 6013 Farrington Road.  Students may also call Campus Health at 919-966-2281 and be connected to a Health Link nurse to discuss their non-emergent health concerns with them.

Be Grateful!

Thanksgiving is a wonderful reminder to pause and take time to think about what we are thankful for. This Healthy Heels blog post discusses how gratitude can do amazing things for our health.

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