OPINION: Food on campus not worth the price

By Michael Dominguez

Food should be fresh, taste delicious and have a nutritional value so that students can have energy throughout the day at school or work.

Food that  is being reused and reheated from the day before should not be sold at full price.

Chances are, that food is going to go bad in a day or two anyway.

“Budget meeting focuses on campus food prices” by Steven Adamo focused on food on campus, stating that Tim Dow of  Pacific Dining Food Management Service is in charge of the Husky Cafe.

“If  it’s held at the right temperature and we have the food safety of it still intact, we can go ahead and repurpose  it in something within the next couple of days,” Dow said.

So if food is being reheated and sold again, the consumer should not have to pay full price.

Who knows how long it has been sitting out for and what time it was cooked and what time did it get put away?

Most people eat leftovers because they  don’t want to cook or spend money again for lunch.

There are low-income students who cannot eat everyday and have very little money to afford food on a  daily basis.

In the meeting, there was also a suggestion to add the reheated food to a dollar menu at the Husky Cafe.

Supermarkets use a method where the food that is about to expire is labeled at a sale price.

School cafeterias  should use that same method to minimize  food waste and more students will be able to afford the food.

Senator Gary Garcia of the Associated Student Union at East Los Angeles College said that he was dealing with a lot of students that aren’t eating and are homeless.

This should not only apply to the student cafeteria, but it should also apply to the student store because it also sells packaged foods,bottled coffee and smoothies.

The school should reduce the prices on items that are going to be taken off the shelf to make room for the fresh food.

These sale price foods  should have a special section  in the store.

Some of these prices are  high compared to a convinience store.

Some items at the student store can cost a dollar or two more than a convenience store.

Sometimes students aren’t getting what they are paying for or sometimes not a big enough portion for the price it’s sold at.

Students are paying higher prices for smaller portions.

So if reheated food or food that is packaged and is going to go bad, it should be sold at a lower price so that the low-income students can enjoy it and not go without eating throughout the day.

If the cafeteria had more reasonable prices, students could afford the food they need to perform at their full potential in school.

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