Lunch has just started and you realize you didn’t bring food from home today. You do not want to eat chicken nuggets from the cafeteria for the fourth day in a row and you are craving a chicken sandwich from nearby Chick-Fil-A. However, food isn’t allowed to be delivered to the school. How will you ever fulfill your craving now?
Students who don’t bring lunches from home or forget depend on school lunches. However, school lunches can be slightly costly, or even unhealthy, and students prefer healthier alternatives. “I think we should be able to order food, because sometimes students forget their lunch or don’t have money in their school lunch accounts,” junior Karan Singh said.
For convenience, students carry credit or debit cards instead of cash.“We should be able to have food delivered to the school because sometimes students might not have cash with them at all times but have credit or debit cards,” freshman Ryan Lim said.
Allowing for food to be delivered to the school poses a safety concern. “I think if we allow kids to deliver food to the school it will be very hectic and it allows strangers to come near Wootton,” junior Kailyn King said.
Ordering food to the school does not mean random people would come inside the school. Students should be allowed to receive food at the front of the school with security present to ensure safety. “It can have a lot of issues if there are no set rules. If the school can set strict guidelines so the students can follow, it can make the process as streamlined and safe as possible,” Singh said.
Open lunch would allow for students to leave campus for lunch instead of having strangers drop off food at the school. “It is safer for kids to drive and get food than allow strangers in or near Wootton because they may be allowed near the building,” King said.
Open lunch is a less likely option because there are no local restaurants close enough. “With open lunch we would be able to leave school property but the closest food places we have is Fallsgrove and Chick-Fil-A and that’s kind of far if we were walking or driving,” Singh said.
Food deliveries to the school would let officials and security watch over the process on school grounds. “I think allowing for food to be delivered to the school is actually safer than allowing students to go out for open lunch because that way, staff can see the deliveries as opposed to if students left the school to unmonitored areas,” Lim said.
Students should be able to order food deliveries to the school with guidelines.