Essay on University Food Service

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University Food Service

Have you ever felt ripped off at a restaurant, or realized that you paid way too much for a meal somewhere? Well, this is what many students feel on almost a daily basis. A large portion of students at State University are paying far too much for food service. This is especially true when you consider that many students are busy and end up missing meals that they have already had to pay for. Instead of having a ‘pre-paid, no miss’ policy lunch program, the university should adopt a ‘lunch card’ program, similar to those offered in elementary and secondary schools around the country. This could save the students a lot of money and, as will be detailed later, could also earn many more paying consumers for the
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If someone purchases a ten meal a week plan (2-a-day) they should be able to eat those meals when they want. An example of this is the case of a student who has classes during lunch for three out of the five weekdays and the student misses breakfast on those three days also. Shouldn’t the student be able to redeem their money and eat three meals the other two days? Under the current program this is not feasible, and the student is at a loss for the three meals they never ate. The "lunch card" program would benefit a lot of students because 80% of the students who had three meal-a-day plans said they ate all three meals on only one or no days at all during most weeks.

Another problem that could be dealt with by using a lunch card policy is that of accommodating for visitors and guests. By adopting a ’lunch card’ program if a student wanted to save one of their meals for a visiting friend that student would be allowed to do that. This is plausibly acceptable considering the fact that the student has already, in-a-sense, paid for the meal. This method would allow credits to be allocated and used up for each meal that the student actually eats and would allow the student to save meal credits for visitors as previously described. This is like the days back in elementary school where when you ate they took one credit off of your lunch card!

Some people might argue that this could hurt the university because the

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