Apps deliver food to main entrance


By: Maya Brodows ’20

Ask any high school student what their least favorite part of school is and they will be sure to inform you of the endless amounts of homework, the severe lack of sleep and, of course, the unappetizing lunches consumed day after day.

Late last year, a few Staples students decided to resolve their dislike of school lunches by ordering food through delivery apps such as Ubereats, Grubhub and Postmates. These apps allow students to have whatever food they want, whenever they want and wherever they want it.

Quickly, however, Staples administration shut this resolution down, citing the danger in allowing strangers on campus as the main problem with the services.

For one, I am a huge supporter of these apps. As much as I don’t mind the food Staples offers, a girl can only have so many chicken pesto paninis and Asian noodle bar creations before boredom hits.

The only predicament is Administration’s adamant refusal to allow students to order food directly to the school.

“I’ve nearly gotten into trouble with the AP countless times,” one anonymous Staples student said. “One minute I’m eating my sandwich from Christie’s and the next an AP is asking where the food came from. I have to lie, but I don’t really see why. What does it matter where I got the food from?”

A similar case arose in Granite Bay, California when a high school banned food delivery services after the influx of visitors on school grounds disrupted administrators. These visitors were employees of DoorDash, a food delivery app based in Sacramento, California.

The principle felt administrator’s time was being wasted checking DoorDash employees into the school, and felt banning the operation as a whole would end the problem.

I’m not suggesting we allow unknown delivery men to enter our school, but I am recommending that our strict, no tolerance policy for delivering lunches could change.

It’s an easy enough idea: kids tell the delivery men which entrance to meet them at. The kids quickly run outside, grab some food, and reenter the school. It’s no different than having a parent drop off gym clothes or forgotten homework, two very common occurrences at Staples.

“When me or one of my friends order, we get it delivered to one of the side entrances, which are usually empty during the day. Then we just sort of go and grab it from the delivery man’s car,” an anonymous sophomore laughed, adding, “It’s really not a big deal.”