Picture this: After a hefty day of classes, you begin to make a run for the cafeteria to beat the hordes of famished students and faculty. After you wait in the hot food line for half of your lunch period only to find that what’s cookin’ ain’t so good lookin’, you resort to a bag of chips and a can of San Pellegrino. Why? Because this is your only appetizing option. How come? Because of the gaping hole in both the cafeteria and the hearts of Upper School students that was previously occupied by the beloved sandwich/salad bar.
Sound familiar?
The virtual online ordering system has replaced our o food bar, and honestly, we aren’t so keen on it.
With the sandwich and salad bar, students and faculty alike had the option to customize their meals however they so chose. Sure, the line to get a personalized salad or sandwich was long, but the opportunities for condiment combinations were endless. We would assume that with this change, every option we had at the actual sandwich/salad bar would be offered on the website. However, one of us has enjoyed getting a tuna sandwich throughout her high school career adorned with the dried cranberries and spinach leaves that were on the salad side of the bar. On the website, she was eager to find a more efficient way to order her standard meal, only to find that those condiment options were only available in the salad section of the order form. Discouraged, she turned to the “Additional Comments” box, but feared that her request may be misunderstood or unacknowledged. It could thus be argued that this system stunts the palatable creativity of the community at large. We have found great solace in the personal interaction with Ginger and her staff when placing our specific orders.
The online system has good intentions for efficiency, and we see its incredible potential: Chadwick students’ lives are incredibly busy and we don’t have time to wait in line for 30 minutes for a salad. Nevertheless, we can’t help but imagine the sweeping ratio of students who used to purchase lunches from the bar to the number of students who fill out orders online now. Plus, we can’t ignore the forgetful and indecisive nature of teens in our generation. We have heard numerous accounts from students who ordered online and then forgot that they had a lunch prepared for them the next day or who forget about the system in general and have no idea where to find that darn URL in the first place.
If this is true, are we backtracking on our path toward grub efficiency?