Convenience and desperation are two major factors behind buying lunch at Humber College.
The cost of food in the cafeteria is a growing concern for Humber students. Some students say they’re spending more money at fast food chains on campus than they are at fast food locations off campus. And with coupons being denied, prices continue to be unforgiving.
General arts and science student Alexandra Po, 21, said if Pita Land was located in the cafeteria she would buy her lunch there more often.
Students are overspending in the cafe due to a lack of closer and better options.
Alyssa Crooks, 20, also a general arts and science student, said the cost of food at school is “overpriced but convenient for eating on-the-go.”
“I don’t eat out much but when I do I find myself making quick runs to the cafe during school,” Crooks said.
Business management student Vanicia Howard-Vassell, 19, agrees.
“I would definitely benefit from coupons or food cards at Humber because anything helps when you’re trying to save,” Howard-Vassell said.
Po said coupons should be allowed and introduced to Humber students as a food purchasing method.
“Instead of spending three dollars more I’d be saving three dollars,” she said.
Humber residents use prepaid food cards to help budget food purchases. But, this method comes with it’s limitations.
Ignite president Ahmed Tahir said residents don’t have many options with food cards and shouldn’t be forced to purchase them.
“You should be able to buy as many credits as you like without a minimum amount requirement,” Tahir said.
The growing complaints about Humber’s cafeteria has not stopped students from purchasing food on campus.
“The line ups are always super long but I just end up grabbing a quick snack or a coffee instead,” Howard-Vassell said.
Humber’s food services manager Meria Nicholls was contacted for a response on student concerns but declined to comment.
Tahir said Ignite is open to student feedback about what concerns them and advocates on behalf of the students.
“We are for students, by students. All we do is hear student feedback, understand what students want and advocate on behalf of students for those changes,” he said.