It’s 11 p.m. on a Sunday night. You’ve been awake all day, cooped up in the library and your friend who has a car has already gone to get food. The Caf has been closed for hours and the Grille won’t be open again until tomorrow.The dull growl coming from your stomach is only getting worse and you still have two papers to write. For many students, this grim reality is a direct consequence of the school’s contract with Sodexo, which provides limited hours of service.
However, within the next few weeks, the plight of the hungry Wesleyan student will finally be diminsihed Student Government Association (SGA) has been working with various restaurants in the area to begin providing food trucks on campus during the weekends.
“We are working with a few places to get some options,” said junior and SGA Vice President Thomas Mills. “Right now we are trying to get the trucks here before graduation and see how it goes.”
The drive behind this movement stems directly from student opinions, mostly collected by SGA in their student comment boxes outside the cafeteria.a
“We just listened to student feedback about the lack of food options and we just moved forward from there,” said senior SGA President Steven Bond.
Students like the idea, but there are still a lot of questions.
“I like the idea a lot,” said junior Amari Agee. “But I would like to know what the prices are and what hours they would be available.”
Currently, there are three vendors interested in coming on campus.
“We are looking at a breakfast truck that will sell, obviously, breakfast food, a wrap place, and a taco place that specializes in fish tacos,” said Mills.
lege’s conglomerate vendor, Sodexo.
“Sodexo is fine with the trucks because they will be serving after Sodexo closes,” said Mills. “They would theoretically start serving after 7pm so it would be after everything Sodexo runs closes.”
Students seem to agree that the addition of food trucks would be a benefit for the school. The presence of another food source on campus might also help attract freshman and provide current students with another reason to stay.
“I think that the addition of food trucks on campus will enormously benefit students who may not be able to make it to normal meal times or Grille hours like students who work or have a lot of night classes,” said sophomore Maria Marinelli. “It will encourage students who tend to party on the weekends to not drive under the influence just to get some late night snacks.”
“I think its a great idea to give students and later faculty a variety of good choices,” said junior Owen James.
The praise continues about the food trucks because of the diversity of food options that they would bring to campus. The low stock of choices currently available has been begrudging many students who live on campus.
“Food Trucks will bring more diversity to a growing, diverse campus,” said senior Kyle Wimbrough. “As for sporting events, it’ll allow not just the VWC community to enjoy but others. Traditions start on weekends so let’s start a new one for future Marlins to enjoy.”
The location of the trucks when they come on campus is still up for debate.
“We are trying to figure that out,” said Mills. “Right now we are trying to decide between village III or village IV parking lots and the middle of campus by the library and the giant adirondack chair. I think it will depend on how the first couple of nights go.”
Regardless of the sentiment, the trucks are definitely coming to campus soon.
“We are starting this out as a trial basis to see how it works,” said Mills. “We are going to start with the next few weeks and see how it works and hopefully carry it into the fall semester.”