The reason I started writing this blog was to provide everyone with options that aren’t school food, because after two years on this campus, I’ve spent far too much money on food that is hardly worth it. If you want to do something about it, read to the end of this post and find out how you can get involved.
Day in and day out, I have seen the same poor quality food being offered at the same painfully expensive prices and realized that I’d rather wake up a few hours earlier before my morning class and prepare my own food. That’s saying a lot because I’m usually up at 6 am to get ready for my first class.
Yes, this is a rant about school food. When the taco “beef” looks more like dog food and the “chicken” looks and tastes like plastic, it’s time to rant at least a little.
School is supposed to provide students with healthy and satisfying options on a daily basis, to will give us the nutrition we need to get us through a day of studying. I mean, the motto is “Eat, learn, live,” but I can barely get through the day eating school food. And I can’t speak for all the students in school, but paying upwards of $10 for a meal is not cost effective. Some days I’m at school for over half the day. Does that mean I have to spend $30 a day at school for three meals? For food that is barely passable in taste? For a student that only works part-time, that cost hurts.
Don’t even get me started on the salad bar. Why am I paying 8 dollars for a few pieces of lettuce and one piece of chicken? And why is my chicken green? And… why is my lettuce brown and soggy? Every time I eat a salad on campus I feel like I’m being robbed of my money and my youth. I recently decided that enough was enough. I went and got a salad off campus. Eureka! I got twice the salad at half the cost. But I was only able to step off campus and walk the round trip 20 minutes because I had the time. People that don’t have the time to step off campus are forced to eat the 8 dollar mystery salad.
I’ve been seeing this mystery truck popping up all over campus.
I thought, finally something to eat other than school food. But then I quickly realized that it’s a school… food truck. Seriously, QC? This is how you’re using our tuition money? To con us not only in the cafeteria but outside too? You mean to tell me that a chicken skewer is 5 dollars?
Fortunately, there is way we can take a stand against this food tyranny! I have written a few pieces highlighting the food carts near our school (You can check them out HERE and HERE). Now wouldn’t it be fantastic if there were more food trucks? Let’s be honest with ourselves. Even though we’re “city school,” because we’re in Queens we don’t get to see the benefits of being a school in NYC. Manhattan has some of the best food trucks around, and we get no part in it. Our faculty, who suffer the same poor fate as we do in terms of food, have begun to make moves towards getting these very food trucks to our school. Several professors, including Professor Sian Roberts has been working actively with an organization called New York Street Food, which is an organization of food truck vendors and avid food truck followers.
Now this is the most important part. Let’s stop being the passive generation people think we are. Take to the streets! Make a stand! Remember, remember the 5th of… sorry I got a bit carried away there. But there are things we can do as students to get the ball rolling on. First thing first, let’s get as many comments on this page, briefly describing our most awful school food experiences.
I’m sure we all have a ton. Once you do that, if you have a twitter and/or facebook page, go to New York Street Food’s Twitter and Facebook give them a follow and/or like! Or check out their website to see what NYSF is up to!
Sorry for the long post everyone. I just think it’s time we stopped sitting around and made some moves. Now get to eating!