Photo: Dining hall server John Youkhana always tells the kids that when they head home they should always “take their laundry, and bring food back.” He lived in Saugeen-Maitland Hall during his undergrad, and says the food has not changed. Photographed on Jan. 12, 2018.
First-year medical sciences student Alexander Allegro sits with a group of friends in Saugeen-Maitland Hall’s renovated cafeteria, sifting through couscous pilaf and cream of broccoli soup. So far during his first-year, he’s made friends, enjoyed the independence of living away from home and become accustomed to life in the Western bubble.
However, there is one thing that the first-year dreads each day: coming down to the residence dining hall.
“Most of the time [the selection] is somewhat limited. The menu operates in cycles, and I’ve just gotten bored of it overtime,” says Allegro. “Some options are good, but some I avoid.”
According to a recent study conducted by Meal Exchange, a student advocacy group that focuses on food systems in Canadian universities, students are generally dissatisfied with the overall state of food across Ontario campuses.
“We looked at student satisfaction [in relation] to a bunch of different factors surrounding food including local food, sustainable food, healthy options and accessible food on Ontario university campuses,” says Merryn Maynard, program coordinator at Meal Exchange. “We found that only one in two students were satisfied with food on their campus.” READ MORE