Should Boca High have food vendors on campus?
September 28, 2016
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Boca High students are well acquainted with the convenience of a quick cup of coffee or a snappy bite at local food shops off campus, but what if we could have our favorite stores on campus? The days of mastering the dangerous walk or drive across the busy streets surrounding Boca High would be over. Students would be able to access both breakfast and lunch options without even having to leave the enclosure of our campus.
David Bently, a manager from the Starbucks in Barnes and Nobles, says that “Yes, it is a very good business investment to sell Starbucks coffee on a campus with over 3,400 students.” According to Bently, an estimated 40 to 50 students come in a day, 12 of which purchase coffee before and after school. With 35% of customers at our closest Starbucks location being students, this would bring an economic advantage to Boca High. Adding a bistro like this on campus would not only improve student productivity, but it would also maintain a level of safety as students wouldn’t have to cross the unpredictable 15th avenue.
Chipotle is a popular and healthy alternative to the cafeteria foods that may not please all students’ pallets.
Devin Paul, a service manager at the 1666 NE Federal Highway location says he would be “all about it,” saying that it would bring in good revenue for the school system.
With an average of one to two thousand students visiting this location weekly, it is no wonder why this would be a fantastic business decision.
Mrs. Cacace pushes her opinion that it would be “nice to have other food options.”
Multiple on campus food stores would not only open the options that students have for breakfast and lunch, but it would also accommodate students with food borne illnesses such as peanut allergies and a requirement of gluten free products.
Having food stores such as Taco Bell, Chipotle, Starbucks, Five Guys, and Chick-fil-A on campus would be not only pleasing to both students and staff but would be a positive option for the Palm Beach County School District as most businesses would provide revenue for on campus services.
However, as Mrs. Cacace mentioned, any food service “must accommodate all financial backgrounds.”
The food providers would have to enact a system that would discount meal items for those who qualify for free or reduced lunch and financial aid.
Though there would be some difficulties incorporating outside food vendors into a permanent on campus location, the benefits would be tremendous. Both students and staff would be able to enjoy their favorite food and drinks without even leaving campus. This would help boost the morale of everyone on campus. With over 3,400 students, the consumer rate would be high, which would result in a huge cash flow that would fund not only the school but also the School District of Palm Beach County. The revenue that our school would receive could be used to repaint our graffiti stained campus, provide clubs such as NJROTC, Leadership, Theater, and HOSA with more funding, and invite more special guest speakers to visit our campus.