STORY AND PHOTO BY GABI GARCIA, CO-EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
In an email sent to students, staff, and faculty, this morning the Director of Campus Communications announced that there would be “important changes” to the Charger Food Pass.
In the email, Marc S. Posner states,, “Next week, the Charger Food Pass program is evolving to provide you with greater flexibility and a more streamlined experience selecting and receiving food at the Charger Café.” This new process involves a new gift card that students have to pick up at designated times every day before getting in line for their food and then returning it after they’ve “purchased” their food.
Students are outraged, finding it hard to believe that they have to work around their own class schedules to wait in line to get their gift card and then wait in yet another line to receive their free meal.
They’re concerned about being able to make it to class on time or having to skip what may be their only meal of the day just because they now need to show more proof of their enrollment to get food.
As someone who utilizes this free meal option while on campus, I only have an hour between my economics and journalism classes to wait in line for 30 minutes to get food. Now, I’ll have to wait in another line, only available to me between 7:30 A.M. and 9:45 A.M and 10:45 A.M. to 1:45 P.M., when the Cafe closes at 3 P.M. All of these times are times I have a class or have not even made it to campus yet.
The school isn’t considering the wait times, which is up to an hour in some cases, for students to get food with just their IDs and then the hassle of having to wait in another line that will most likely have issues with verifying student enrollment.