As soon as finals week starts, campus food services begin to shut down. Clearing out the food for summer makes sense, but it also leaves students with limited food options. This applies to graduating seniors especially, who are stuck on campus past finals when nearly everything has shut down.
If you relied on your meal plan through the school year, it can be daunting trying to find meals that fit into your schedule. Here are some ways to ensure that you get enough to eat before leaving campus:
1. Order take-out: Take-out can be expensive, but there are some tips and tricks to make it much more affordable. If you like Chinese or Thai food, order white rice on the side. Lots of it. If you put the rice in the fridge, it can last you that extra week you are on campus, and putting your food on rice will make it last much longer. You can order one or two entrees and eat less of them than you normally would, putting the meat or vegetables on rice. This is how it should be eaten anyway, and side orders of rice only cost a dollar or two. Ordering food in this way can ensure that your $20 or $30 order of Chinese can last almost a week.
2. Peapod: If you don’t have a car, Peapod is a great way to get groceries. Peapod is a grocery delivery service from Stop and Shop. Other options are “We Go Shop” (wegoshop.com) and Walmart’s grocery delivery service. The delivery fee can tack on extra cost though, so it is better to order groceries with a bunch of friends, that way you can split the delivery fee. Even if you don’t have a kitchen, cereal, fruit, berries and sandwiches can hold you over for the week.
3. Ask a friend: Ask a friend to take you to the grocery or convenience store. Chances are, if they also live on campus, they are in the same situation (aka: no food) and won’t mind having you tag along on a grocery run. Here, you can pick up essentials like bread, cereal and Diet Coke.
If you don’t have a fridge in your dorm room, stock up on protein bars, fruits and veggies that can be eaten raw, like carrots, tomatoes and celery. It’s not ideal, but you will be able to maintain a semi-healthy, varied diet before you go home for the summer.
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