Food for Thought: HB’s Feedback on the Cafeteria

By: Casey Beiswenger

With so many students grabbing snacks at the Brown Bag during lunch time, or people (like my 8th grade sister) eating hardly any of the numerous options at lunch, I decided to ask you to share your thoughts on the HB dining hall. Out of all of the students who answered the survey…

  1. 66.7% thought the portions were too small. I know that I’ve gone up for multiple plates of food from the main line and still been hungry. We’re growing kids, right?


  1. 36.2% reported eating from the salad bar at least 4 times per week, and another 32.8% at least twice a week, but over half of you requested more vegetarian and vegan options. I’m far from a vegetarian, but I agree with many of the requests. Mainly more fruit, and more variety.


  1. Most students do not eat pizza, with only 30% saying they eat it 2+ times per week.


  1. Most people want more pasta. The demand for pasta was 10% higher than the nearly 50% of students who requested more fruit. I think we can all agree that the bananas are pretty unpopular.


  1. Over 1/3 of respondents requested more chicken. It’s hard to go wrong with tenders or wings.


  1. Only 29.9% think the cafeteria is not accommodating all dietary restrictions. Most of those students were concerned about vegetarian and vegan options, as well as some gluten and dairy free options.


  1. The majority of students do not make sandwiches. Only 3.4% of students use the sandwich station 4-5 days per week, and 78% report only making a sandwich one time, if any, throughout the week.


  1. Despite the lack of interest in making a cold sandwich, 43% of students are fans of the grilled cheese sandwiches that are occasionally served and requested to have hot sandwiches or wraps more often.


  1.  An overwhelming amount of students have an issue with the number of students in the cafeteria at once.10.  One student pointed out that if lunch were extended and began at 12:45, like it did last year, the cafeteria would be less congested, but with the cafeteria staff’s schedule changing and middle school lunch ending later, this probably would not be possible. Most students (nearly 80%) voted for a split between upperclassmen and underclassmen. Even faculty members are concerned about the number of students in the cafeteria, with some waiting until 1:15 to brave the crowd (by which point much of the best food is gone).