There are food options available for Humber College students, but they come at a price.
A medium packaged meal plan for students is $2,850 for one school year which works out to $13.13 per day according to the Humber website. With an average meal costing anywhere between $5 and $10, students with this meal plan can barely afford to eat three times a day.
Adam Brown, 19, a first-year Humber travel and tourism student said he makes his lunches at home.
A website called cockeyed.com allows visitors to calculate how much their sandwiches will cost. A sandwich with two slices of Wonder Bread, mayo, yellow mustard, ketchup tomato, lettuce, cheddar cheese and roast beef costs a grand total of $1.73. A simple peanut butter and jelly sandwich only costs 53 cents.
A report issued by the Public Health Agency of Canada said young men consume more fast food than women. The report said that only 38 per cent of men eat home-prepared meals. According to some male students, this is not the case.
Ryan Soltesz, 19, a Humber architecture student in his first-year said he prepares his lunches at home as well but still finds himself buying food at school.
“I’m still hungry even after I eat my lunch,” Soltesz said.
Ultimately, he said he tries to prepare food, like sandwiches, from home because it costs him less and is easy to do.
He said we need to cut out all of the fast food if students want a healthy Humber eating environment, but that likely won’t happen.
Joshua Kibochi, 22, a York University third-year criminology student, said he never buys food at school.
Kibochi said that students can eat healthier by simply just preparing lunches before heading to class. He brings instant noodles occasionally and heats them up in the provided microwaves at school.