“I actually end up skipping meals a lot because it’s just easier than worrying about how much Duhawk dollars I have,” one concerned student comments. Through on-campus meal plans, students purchase between two to five hundred Duhawk Dollars to use in campus convenience stores
“Sometimes you feel a little bad like this guy comes in every day and spends twelve bucks on a meal… that shouldn’t be that much,” admits Campus Dining student-employee David Rodgers. Students acknowledge,
“There’s a big price jump when you look at the prices here in the Market and the Pod compared to typical stores.”
So what exactly is that price difference?
-At a local grocery store the price of Cheerios™ is $3.78 compared to Aramark’s price of $5.29.
-Spray cheese is $6.17 through Aramark whereas only $3.99 for stores buying in bulk.
-But the largest difference in price is the fresh sandwiches—-just $2.50 at Hy-Vee but $5.49 from Aramark.
Vice President for Student Development, Art Sunleaf, explains the high prices,
“It’s the convenience, I’m here, I pick it up, that’s what it is.”
The number of items purchased is also a large factor in determining price; Sunleaf elaborates,
“We buy a crate of 30, Target buys a bulk of 400.”
Despite the difference in prices, campus dining says it makes a priority to put students first,
“If x is what students want, we’re going to try to find a way to make it work for everybody so that way we have what you want, even if it’s at a trickier price point,” concludes Assistant Dean of Students Molly Burrows Schumacher.
I reached out to Aramark for comment but did not receive a reply. You can offer Campus Dining feedback at: http://speedsurvey.net/CampusDishMessengerSurvey.aspx
Makaila is a senior at Loras from Des Moines, IA. She has acted as reporter, anchor, and Associate Producer for various LCTV programs. Makaila is currently a sideline reporter for Live Sports and the Social Media Manager for LCTV. She has obtained previous internship experience with iHeart Media in Des Moines, the Iowa Events Center, and Country Music Television (CMT) in Nashville. Makaila loves sharing stories that matter and working with one of the best collegiate television stations in the Midwest.