By Maisune Rafeh
CCC Journalism Program
CAMDEN – Students attending classes in Camden City are complaining about the overpriced food and lack of variety on campus.
The school has a mini-cafeteria where students can get together and relax after a rough day in classes. This mini-cafeteria is where you can find students catching up with homework and engaging in conversations with their peers. Also, you can find students using the last bit of their financial aid to pay for their lunch, which includes a sandwich and a bag of chips for $10.
Most students attending Camden County College pay their tuition solely off of financial aid, and most of these students are low on income. Freshman Zohra Ahadi stated, “Buying food at the Camden Campus isn’t a smart choice. The prices are overly expensive and therefore serve no benefit for the students.”
However, not all students are burning holes in their wallets. Some students are depriving themselves to save their money. Freshman Melissa Gonzales and junior Christina Miller admitted that sometimes they go through the day without eating on campus. Gonzales said, “I choose to go hungry because the food at the Camden campus is overpriced.” Miller added, “The food at the Camden campus is expensive. The only thing I can actually buy is fries, which are a dollar twenty-five, or sometimes I just eat off my friends’ food.”
However, freshman Mazen Abouharb mentioned there are some restaurants nearby where students can go, such as McDonalds, Dunkin Donuts and a local hotdog stand across the street from College Hall. Abouharb said, “I had both morning and night classes last semester on the Camden campus. For lunch I went to a local Chinese restaurant a couple blocks away from campus, but I could only go in the morning because it was too dangerous to go out at night.”
Cafeteria officials did not respond to requests for comment.