Food Court finds footing, offers higher quality food

Food Court finds footing, offers higher quality food

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Students await service at Lime Fresh and the newly established pasta bar
Students await service at Lime Fresh and the newly established pasta bar Feb. 10. These are the only two food court options open until 5 p.m.
Students await service at Lime Fresh and the newly established pasta barKira Jones / The Torch
Students await service at Lime Fresh and the newly established pasta bar Feb. 10. These are the only two food court options open until 5 p.m.

The Food Court is striving to produce a better atmosphere for students despite previous problems with changing hours. With their new facility in the Center Building, the Food Court management staff has been making changes in an effort to improve service.

One major change from last year is food quality. They now get the majority of their food from local businesses and even from the Learning Garden at Lane.

“I’m very pleased with the food we’re putting out right now. Most of it is from scratch, there is very little pre-processed stuff,” Mike O’Neal, Lane’s food and beverage manager, said.

O’Neal is making more changes this term in order to satisfy the needs of students, including adding a pasta bar, improving the recipes, changing out menu items and committing to have at least one venue open until 5 p.m. every day.

“Now we’ve kind of got our feet underneath us and I’m starting to understand things, so this term we’ve made some changes,” O’Neal said. “The students need things open later […] so we will always have something open until 5 o’clock now at least. I’m going to try and find a way to have something a little bit later [than 5 p.m.] if possible.”

Student Resource Center Director Brandon Schmidt (left) hopes to improve business at the Snack ShackKira Jones / The Torch
Offering students a variety of snacks and microwaveable meals, Student Resource Center Director Brandon Schmidt (left) hopes to improve business at the Snack Shack — located in Building 1 — with their new Square card reader.

The Food Court is not the only place trying to make changes in order to better serve students. With the recent addition of a card reader, the Snack Shack in Building 1 hopes to give students a place other than the Titan Store to get food during later hours.

Operated by the Associated Students of Lane Community College, the Snack Shack is open until 5 p.m where students can get snacks as well as microwavable meals. They previously only accepted cash, but have now installed a card reader so that they can accept credit and debit cards.

“Let’s say you’re here for an 8 o’clock a.m. class or just a new class. It could be a quick snack in between the cafeteria and the class,” Student Resource Center Director Brandon Schmidt said.

With only two food vendors open until 5 p.m., returning Lane student Leslie Coray still has some concerns for students who attend classes later at night.

“We need longer hours at the Food Court. […] A lot of students at [Lane] work, including myself, so I’ve always taken night classes,” Coray said, who enjoys being able to eat in the Food Court. “I think that money would be made with the night students.”