Students will operate their own food truck

A waffle breakfast sandwich (Photo Credit: Flickr.com/manray30)

I have decided to come full circle and write my last blog post on the same topic as my first: food trucks. However, the difference is that this is about one food truck in particular called Cracked. That’s right, Cracked.

An article in The News-Gazette of East Central Illinois highlighted two University of Illinois seniors who plan to operate their own food truck beginning in August. The food truck will be located on campus and it will serve students breakfast sandwiches from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays.

They have decided to name their business Cracked due to the number of eggs they will be cracking starting in the fall. Aside from breakfast sandwiches, the article also says the truck will serve hash browns, pastries, fresh fruit and coffee.

The students also plan to sell their food at farmer’s markets and cater for parties and companies. Both seniors are students of the University of Illinois College of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.

The reason for them opening the food truck? According to them, breakfast sandwiches are meant to be eaten fresh. Selling them on a food truck will be popular with students, and they also plan to sell them to late-night crowds. The food truck is also an opportunity for both students to pursue their careers, before they have even graduated college.

The article quotes one of the seniors, Jeremy Mandell, who says that he knew he did not want work for anyone; now he will be working for everyone.

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, and I would probably go to this food truck for breakfast, lunch and dinner if I had the money. I found this article to be quite interesting considering my first blog post was about bringing food trucks to Towson’s campus. The fact that students are able to open one at U of I shows that students can open one anywhere.

If it were up to me, I would open a food truck that sold waffles. But alas, I am a journalism major and I have no idea how to start a business. If there are any business majors reading this, take this into consideration please. Who doesn’t like waffles?

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Got extra meals? Give them to someone in need.

University of Oregon, Eugene. (lizhugstrees/Flickr.com)

At Towson, most meal plans come with dining points that carry on semester to semester. If you are me, then you probably end up spending all these points before the year is over because food is your number one priority in life. However, if you don’t mind skipping a meal or two, you will probably end up with a few leftover points on your card.┬áMost students would probably end up buying useless food they don’t need at the end of the year.

Students at the University of Oregon, Eugene, have the opportunity to donate their unused meal points to people in need. The University Housing program has had a point drive for the past ten years. According to an article in the Oregon Daily Emerald, the point drive goes to a nonprofit organization which collects and gives out food to over 100 social service agencies and programs. According to the article, students donated over 5,000 pounds of food to the organization last semester.

A few other universities like UCLA have started their own meal donation programs as well. I believe that these programs will start showing up at east coast universities soon. Out of all the college campus charity food programs I have read about this year, this one seems to be the most successful and easiest to initiate.

Although there is not a similar program at Towson yet, it is obvious that students can do their part in giving food to the homeless and other groups in need. The program at the University of Oregon as well as other ones like it should inspire students to take it upon themselves to donate their extra meals.

The simplest way to do it would be to buy appropriate food items with the extra points, and give to them food drives, homeless shelters, etc. It would be pretty awesome if Towson was also known for giving away 5,000 pounds of food to people in need.