Grab-and-Go Meals: Convenience in a Bag
This past fall, students enjoyed the debut of a new Grab-and-Go dining program, followed by expanded outdoor seating options on the Commons terrace. Scott Cochran, who initiated the new meal program, said, “Students are very busy; and by opening up this option, they can get a meal any time during the day and still stay on task with their studies and other projects.”
The program is open five days a week from 10:45 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., giving students the option of enjoying lunch and dinner Grab-and-Go style. Because PCC’s focus for the program is speed, two pickup lines allow students to get in and out as fast as possible. The 1,300—1,900 meals served daily testify that Grab-and-Go is going strong.
Each Grab-and-Go bag provides a balanced nutritional meal with an entrée such as deli-style flatbread with cold cuts or a traditional peanut butter and jelly sandwich. A new favorite this spring is ham and cheese on pretzel rolls. The meal also includes chips, apples and grapes, and a dessert, usually a rice crispy treat or cookies, along with a drink. The meals are made to last up to two hours without refrigeration to accommodate students who might not eat them right away.
This spring semester students are also enjoying new seating on the Commons terrace. President Shoemaker saw a need and supplied well-constructed outdoor dinettes so students could converse with their friends. To students, the Grab ’n Go meals and terrace seating are outstanding ideas, making their college experience more convenient and enjoyable.