Schools struggle to offer nutritious snacks


By Holly Condon

Flapjack Chronicle

Humboldt State University prides itself on its healthy and organic dining options for the residential students, but for many students, the school is still not doing enough.

Sociology major Tamara Valadez, 18, lives on campus and said she often struggles to find healthy meal choices.

“It is really hard to eat healthy,” said Valadez. “You have to put together your own meals, and there isn’t much to choose from.”

In the main dining hall, The J, students have access to the salad bar and fruit selections during meal times. Between meals, residents are limited to the selections in The Depot, or for late night food runs, one of the few small markets on campus.

The Giant’s Cupboard, for example, is the convenience store for most on-campus residents. It is open until 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and until midnight every other day of the week. This would be the primary spot for a resident to get something to eat in the middle of the night if they don’t have a car to get off campus.

The HSU website for the Cupboard claims the store offers healthy snacks, but upon closer inspection, few were to be found.

The refrigeration cases are full of juice and soda pop. There is an entire wall of chips, surrounded by numerous shelves packed with candy and other junk food items. The closest things the Cupboard has to offer as a healthy snack are the Lunchables. Fresh produce is certainly nowhere to be found there.

The College Creek Marketplace is a resident’s best bet when looking for healthy foods at all hours of the day. While they, too, sell a plethora of junk food, vegan options and fresh foods are actually available to choose from.

Valadez explained that the dorms do supply the residents with food storage possibilities, but they are not always available to use.

“There’s the lounge,” said Valadez, “but the refrigerator is usually full of other people’s stuff.”

Sophomore English major from Cal State Fullerton, Katrina Van Dyke, noticed the same poor selection of healthy foods on her campus.

“The main restaurant for students is pretty good, but the grill that is open 24-hours sells mostly junk food,” Van Dyke said.

When students are unable to store food in their dorms, they are forced to eat whatever the school has to offer. Late at night, the school selection isn’t very nutritious.

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