Hungry between classes but don’t know where to go?

On campus, when in a rush in between classes and looking for food your options are often limited to vending machines, fast food, or just not eating. On top of that, the vending machines are the only convenient in-transit options when you’re on the go. Unfortunately, vending machines as well as fast food options are mainly unhealthy and high in fat, high in sugar, and high in calories.

EdUMize can tackle this problem with a couple of possible solutions. If we have a limited budget we can swap out the unhealthy options in vending machines, creating healthy, convenient, and fast options for when you’re on the go. If we have a more extensive budget, we can build another cafe similar to Bert’s cafe in the Undergraduate Library in centrally located areas like the Chemistry building and Mason hall where students can find healthy, fast alternatives to fast food restaurants.

Please leave your feedback with the option you prefer or any other alternatives you can think of.

~Group 6


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13 responses to “Hungry between classes but don’t know where to go?

  • asilvs

    Lack of quick and healthy food options on campus is a concern for many people. I like the idea of updating vending machines so that at least some of the items are healthy ones, however, one issue with creating new cafes on campus besides costs is that it will take money away from all the clubs have tables in Mason Hall and the Chemistry building who sell baked goods to raise money. It may be helpful to both hungry students and organizations if those student organization tables start selling healthy options along with their baked goods.

  • annieshiu

    the berts cafe at ugli always have a long line inbtw class even though most of the food is a pre-made. if there is a vending machine that has pre-made food but students can quickly pay for it with credit card, instead of having a cashier, it would shorten the time and be more cost effective

  • susanaysw

    Having healthy food is a good option. I notice that many students are not able to have lunch and it’s not good for their health. I suggests that the school can make pre-made food and sell it in the mason hall by setting up tables. This can lower the cost and use it to hire better chef, instead of having a high building cost of the cafe.

  • seanhuff

    One thing I like about an official, University-allotted place to buy food is that they guarantee food is both 1. competitively priced 2. inclusive towards allergies. Often times it’s difficult for me to eat at otherwise affordable restaurants because much of the caloric value in certain dishes comes from dairy products, which I’m allergic to (I know, it sucks). Of course, I pay the exact same amount of money for a meal that costs half as much to make and is also half as filling. The University themselves, however, can buy plenty of healthy foods at a very low price and sell them to students without the concerns of making a profit on each individual item (although tuition may arguably be affected). Additionally, the University food purchasing habits would not be reflective of merely what sells the most (what provides the most return on the space that vending machine companies are renting). Instead, the University could offer health-conscious food to the minority of students that would buy them without concerning themselves with how slowly they sell.

  • tinkerbelljacobs

    A healthy alternative in vending machines is a great idea. I think that students who only have 10 minutes often want to get a quick snack from a vending machine, but avoid doing this because all of the current food in the vending machine is unhealthy. Instead of adding another cafe, I think that more healthy vending machines should be added around campus. Eventually, I think it would be extremely beneficial to students if vending machines with healthy alternatives are in all of the buildings where classes are held. This will allow students to eat healthy without running late to class.

  • swartc

    How might we incorporate edUMize’s company philosophy of using technology to better education? Yes, I think this is a great idea but why are we the company to pursue this endeavor?

    • bposton216

      I am going to have to agree here. Healthy food is crucial for a good learning environment…but what about bringing an apple from home? Funding an entire cafe to fix a technically non “educational” problem seems a little bizarre.

  • angelidk

    I think this is a problem and I think the alternatives that have been suggested are both very good options. Obviously, I think a cafe like Bert’s would be better because there would be more variety. Also, I would be hesitant to purchase something like fruit out of a vending machine just because you don’t know when it was put in the machine or the quality of it. When you are at a cafe like Berts, you can pick up the fruit or at least look at it and see if there are bruises etc or if it looks fresh. But there are plenty of other healthy options that could work in the vending machines besides just fruit, so I think both solutions are good ideas depending on the budget.

  • swimmer1992

    I personally do not think that I would purchase things from the “healthy” vending machine. It would likely be cheaper to continue packing food like I usually do. This way, I know exactly what is going into my food, and can save money. The vending machine is a great idea, but maybe a little unrealistic to have the healthiest options readily available all the time.

  • uofmwolverine

    I personally feel that a project like this needs to be implemented in a two-stage process. The first stage would involve implementing healthier options in the vending machines. After implementing this, an assessment of success should be conducted and lead to stage two where, if seen as the correct alternative, a cafe would be created to solve this problem.

  • davidkoz

    If money were not an object, I would prefer a Bert’s-style cafe to healthy vending machines in the Mason/Angell Hall Lobby. This area may be the busiest on campus and although I’m partial since the majority of my classes are in said building, I think that a cafe that carried healthy food option to quickly grab in between classes would be undoubtedly beneficial.

  • wardbr

    Both of these solutions would be beneficial. I think that a vending machine would allow for a quick stop and a cafe style eatery would provide more meal options. A vending machine would hopefully allow someone to avoid a long line that may occur at the cafe style eatery. Also, the vending machine may run out frequently while the eatery will not. They both have positives and negatives. I think an eatery would be nice, but to stay on budget the vending machine would be a good option as well, it would just be limited. Both are better than what is available now.

  • lanaaa810

    i like the idea of having tables set up to help lower cost. what about outsourcing the food production and just have the school sell it? for example, order from jimmy johns or pita kabob grill and have them set up a table. this can be done through a vendor contract and may actually generate more money for the university since the vendor would “loan” a table to sell their product.

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