Story by Lydia Kicklighter

The cafeteria is seen as a meeting place for students every day.  It is a place of fellowship and a time to let loose.  However, the prices of food students eat are somewhat of a mystery.

I’m not informed of the prices or price changes. I wish they would inform us by sending students emails about the price changes of the cafeteria food,” sophomore Drew Smith said.

This confusion among students is something that needs to be amended; there is no reason why something as simple as the prices of cafeteria food is a topic of confusion among students.

“I’m not informed. No one tells anybody anything about lunch food prices,” junior Avery Stephens said.

Apparently there is a board with prices on it in the cafeteria, but few students are aware of it’s existence, and there are many ideas for getting the word out to students about prices.

“I think it would be really beneficial if they emailed about price changes or posted them on Edmodo. Like maybe if they made a page like they have for the tech tips about cafeteria food, it would let more students know,” junior Talor Gamble said.

A bigger menu is also another option for the cafeteria to clearly display all prices of the food sold.

“If they had a bigger menu with prices on it I think it would help better inform the students of the prices,” sophomore Lauren Wiggs said.

This ‘price board’ could be helpful to students if it was located in a more central place and had all of the food items on it, but with the current board located beside the canteen, the only prices listed are of those foods sold at the canteen.  This is not as helpful as it could be for students, though, because there are many more options in the regular lunch lines that are unaccounted for.  

“All they have to do to know the prices is ask, but we have it listed on the board. All they have to do is read,” kitchen operator Patsy Sadowski said.

Prices, not just the allocation of those prices, but the actual prices of foods sold are also a hot topic for students and cafeteria employees alike.

“I think the prices are a little expensive because the food portions are small, and I feel as though the prices should be lowered,” Talor said.

However, this opinion is not shared with cafeteria employees.

“I think the prices of the food are reasonable because you can’t actually go into a store and pick the stuff up for the price that it is here,” Sadowski said.

In addition, Dutch Fork High School employees do not make prices.  In fact, they have no control over how much something in the cafeteria will cost.

It [the price of food] comes from the director at food services which comes from the state department, and they make the guidelines for prices. They also make the decision to change prices,” Student Nutrition Manager Regina Geib said.

There is a reason for these prices and their changes, however, and it’s not just for the school to make more money from the students and staff.

“A lot of it is due to cost of food and gas. If it costs more to bring food in, then the food will cost more,” Geib said. “An example would be the recent flooding that hurt a lot of farmers, and that will make certain prices go up.”