Reviews | Delivery services are not worth the price | Opinion
Once students leave campus, preparing meals can become much more difficult. The dining room is no longer a five-minute walk from his dormitory. For perhaps the first time in their lives, students are having to buy their own food at the grocery store and prepare it themselves. Some even cancel their meal plans entirely after leaving campus. These students are the demographic on which delivery services thrive. The temptation of a quick meal with no preparation needed is enough that many people come back to the app for more. Ordering a meal from an app can be handy, but the added expense should make it a weekend treat instead of an everyday dinner source for the financially struggling student.
Having food delivered directly to your home has become increasingly popular with the development of technologies such as smartphone. Ordering food can now be done with a few clicks on the screen. The However, the problem with ordering food over the phone is all the additional fees that come with the orders. These fees can quickly turn a typical $ 10 sandwich into a $ 20 expense, just to get it delivered.
Ordering food through delivery services comes with a multitude of fees. This includes the cost of the main meal, which is usually more than what the restaurant charges in-store. Doordash, for example, charges a fee for each order – typically $ 1.99 to $ 5.99, according to Ridester – which they can change based on the demand for deliveries at that time. This is because the restaurant is also charged by these delivery services, so they have to increase their prices, which means more unnecessary money in the customer’s pocket. There are also taxes, fees and tips for the driver which increase the total price.
For students with tons of homework or multiple organizational responsibilities, delivery services can start from a backup plan a main source of dinner in the blink of an eye with one eye. For example, in preparation for a big exam, students begin to sacrifice other hobbies in order to study longer. Kelly Johnson, a junior at JMU, says she only uses delivery services when she is piling up for exams.
“I don’t use delivery services very often, but sometimes I will use one after a long study session when I run out of energy to cook my own dinner,” Johnson said.
Often, one of the first things to give up is the time spent preparing meals. Once a student’s curriculum is formed around a schedule that does not include meal preparation, an addiction to delivery services can begin.
Students need to be better prepared for this change in their dietary lifestyle before they are sent to college. One of the main reasons that students use these services may be because they cannot cook themselves. Buying each ingredient and cooking it properly is a multi-layered process that can intimidate students into settle down with dining rooms and delivery apps.
Fortunately, there are services at JMU which teach students the importance of cooking, as well as how to cook for themselves. JMU University Recreation Center (UREC) hosts a variety of classes that teach healthy cooking skills within a respectable budget. However, getting students to enroll in these classes is difficult as eating healthy may not be their top priority. JMU must do more to promote the need for healthy eating. One solution could be a compulsory cooking class which could be part of the Gen-Ed requirements. Another solution could be to simply advertise UREC courses more, either on campus or through social media.
College education is all about finding jobs and starting a career, but how do you get there when students can’t even cook for themselves? There should be more emphasis on learning real life skills like cooking in addition to professional skills. JMU has done a fairly good job, but more can and must be done.
CONTACT Nick Lau at [email protected]edu. Nick is a sophomore media arts student and major in design.