Delta College’s cafeteria, located in upper Danner Hall, has been experiencing a variety of issues since the fall semester began ranging from price increases to the long lines at both the grill as well as the cashier counters.
With a large campus population of at least 10,000 students there should be other places on campus that can provide hot meals for busy students on the go.
Students crowd the cafeteria as soon as the grill opens up at 11 a.m. to serve lunch.
It remains crowded until the cafeteria closes at 1 p.m. every afternoon. Even the line at the grill has been known to go as far as the cashier counter.
Long waits in Danner Hall can mean students don’t get a chance to eat before they go to their next class, or if they do have time to eat before class there is a possibility they may end up being late for class.
There is a limited time students can get lunch in the cafeteria.
The cafeteria really should stay open until at least 2 or 3 p.m. because that would be a huge help to hungry students that have later classes or are in between classes.
The campus bookstore does sell food such as chips, candy and prepared salads and sandwiches for students to purchase. The bookstore stays open until 6 p.m. everyday except Friday.
There are still not very many places on campus where students can purchase food before class. I think there should be another place on campus that students can get healthy, affordable food. It should be open in the late afternoon until at least 6 or 7 p.m. for the students who have night classes on campus.
This would help generate more revenue for Food Services as well as for the Student Chef program because they can also utilize their culinary skills and help feed the hungry student population after the cafeteria closes for the day.
Danner Hall has also experienced an increase in cost both for food and beverages.
It seems like every semester there has been a price increase on everything in the cafeteria and the bookstore.
An example of this is the current cost of a Mountain Dew. The cost of one is now $1.60 when it previously was $1.50.
“The cost of lays potato chips on campus went from $1.00 to $ 1.25,” said student Victor Mojica about this issue.
If these problems continue, more students will have no choice but to go off campus for food because it would be more affordable for them to do so in places such as the café at Target next door or they can go eat at places where they can get more bang for their buck such as Denny’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, Chipotle Mexican Grill or even at the Sherwood Mall eatery.
This would ultimately result in a decrease in revenue for food at Delta College Food Services and I think that as a result of people going off campus for food, the price increases are driving students away from both the bookstore and the cafeteria.