Sodexo encourages student choice in lunch line

New made-to-order station satisfies students.

May 24—To woo the spending power of teen patrons, Sodexo at Vineland High School in New Jersey is focused on making lunch menus more appealing.

Mirroring the trends that tempt teens in mall food courts, Sodexo now offers a “market” station in the VHS North lunch line where students get their selections made to order.

Able to see all the ingredients on display, students select what they want on their sandwiches, wraps or salads.VHS North started out with about two dozen “market lunches” and now averages 150 per day, Neiss said. The a la carte salads, wraps or sandwiches cost $2 each, she said, noting that price doesn’t reflect the cost to students on free or reduced lunch programs.

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The University of Maryland will begin offering weekly specials at all of its dining halls this semester, The Diamond Back reports.

The weekday specials will allow Dining Services to offer past menu items that students miss as well as new dishes students have been requesting, according to a spokesperson.

Students can find out which specials are being offered each week via dining hall table tents as well as through Dining Services’ social media. During select weeks, the specials may reflect a particular theme, such as Taste of the South.

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