Crammed Cafeteria Cuts Lunchtime Short

Despite government recommendations, some students in the busiest lunch periods do not have sufficient time to eat their lunch.

Freshman Megan Hofstetter, who eats during sixth period,  said she waits in the lunch line for 15 minutes. That leaves Hofstetter and others in her situation with only 15 minutes to eat. Government recommendations suggest students have at least 20 minutes to eat.

And time is not always Hofstetter’s biggest problem. “Sometimes there isn’t enough food,” she said.

Sophomore Jeremy Cronig eats during fourth period, the smallest lunch with only 294 students. Nevertheless, he said he tries to be one of the first people in line so he can get his food early and still have time to eat. Some students choose not to buy lunch because they are not able to get into the cafeteria early enough to avoid the lines.

Students who eat lunch during eighth period, when 605 students are scheduled, have trouble finding seats. So does freshman Christy O’Connell, who eats during sixth period lunch, along with 751 other students. She said that chairs constantly have to be pulled up so that everyone has a seat.


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