Veggie food options on campus

Veggie options still limited, but better than before.

by Bryan Stranahan, Contributor

Valley College students have few food options on campus and even fewer vegetarian or vegan culinary choices.

The vending machines and the All Service Catering (ASC) food truck located in front of Monarch Hall are the only places that sell food on campus until the new cafeteria is completed by year’s end. The meat-averse need not starve, but the food truck features only four vegetarian options, including a veggie burrito and burger.

“We can make the vegetarian dishes vegan by holding the sour cream and cheese,” said food truck manager Alex Angulo, who noted, “The spicy chicken strips are our most popular item and usually sell out by noon.”

There were two other food trucks on campus but they decided to leave since most students would go to the ASC food truck.

“I think the students prefer us because we have better food,” Angulo said of the survival of the foodiest.

The ASC truck is also in a higher-traffic location, next to the bookstore and on the way to many classes. Students interviewed said they liked the truck, but found the long lines caused by having only one such option unappetizing.

The new cafeteria is expected to be completed by the end of 2015, according to the Valley College website. The 41,000-square-foot Student Union will house the cafeteria, campus bookstore, student health center, business office, and the Associated Student Union offices. It will also feature the Lion’s Den, a place for students to gather and relax between classes.

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