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Lack of food choices leave students hungry

By The Advocate editorial board
On February 17, 2014

  • Music majors Stephanie Rios (right) and Selenne Hernandez (middle) are showcased on the latest album by Jazzanova and JAZZ-ology titled “Starting Here, Starting Now.”. George Morin / The Advocate

Students at Contra Costa College have very limited food options on campus. A CCC student gets to choose, most days, between junk food at the Bookstore, Subway or eating at the Three Seasons Restaurant for lunch on campus.
Students who want any form of variety on their plate are forced to look off campus to satisfy themselves. Considering how much students at CCC pay to go to school here, they deserve to have affordable, healthy meals on campus. A well-fed student body is a happy student body. Hunger pangs have to be the most distracting ailment a student can have while sitting in class.
At Diablo Valley College, students have a much wider selection of places to eat. Like CCC, DVC has a culinary department-run restaurant. DVC also has a school cafeteria, which serves relatively cheap breakfast and lunch food. DVC also features a small café, also run by the school, a bookstore that sells junk food and an Asian restaurant.
A CCC student can have a sandwich, junk food, or whatever they choose to serve at Three Seasons that day. On any given day, a DVC student can chose from at least three different cuisines.
The lack of food options on campus is a problem.
Not only does the lack of variety encourage students to venture outside of campus, where their options are far from healthy in the immediate area, but it also hurts the college by letting people eager to spend money walk off campus.
By having a larger variety of options on campus, the administration could increase revenue for the college.
CCC needs to increase enrollment, and it also needs to improve student performance.
It may not be a cure all to solve both problems completely, but more food would go a long way toward making students actually want to be here.
The college is taking steps toward this end.
Director of Business Services Mariles Magalong said when construction is finished, the new Student Activities Building will have more room for food vendors.
The vendors also will not have to pay to have the new building's cafeteria brought up to code, which should attract some of the vendors the last round of bidding to operate on campus scared away.
The college should look toward its solution for Subway when construction is done - food trucks.
Once the new cafeteria is open, the administration could still rent space to a few food truck style vendors, to allow not only for more food options on campus, but for increased revenue for the college. 

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