Napa Valley College loses cafeteria, but allows food trucks
NAPA VALLEY, CA - Napa Valley College officials will over the next few weeks evaluate a pilot food program put in place after the school’s cafeteria closed, Director of Community Relations Betty Malmgren said.
The school did not renew its contract with previous cafeteria and Library Café operators, and has since contracted with food vendors to bring food trucks on campus, Malmgren said.
“We had a series of cafeteria vendors over the years and it’s challenging for them (to make a profit) because there are so many fast-food operations nearby,” Malmgren said.
Under the new program, six food trucks are available on campus 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Thursday.
Vendors offer hot dogs, Mexican food, Dim Sum and other Chinese cuisine, salads and wraps and other items.
Half the food trucks are now on the south end of campus near the new library. The other three are located north, between the cafeteria and pool.
Providing a variety of food options and prices was one goal of the new program, Malmgren said.
Meanwhile, the cafe in the library will continue to remain open on a trial basis, Vice President of Business and Finance John Nahlen wrote in a memo to all staff.
The campus bookstore also will sell beverages, snacks, and light food items.
Closure of the cafeteria is expected to save about $15,000 to $20,000 per year, Nahlen said.
Food trucks pay $50 per day to operate on the campus, with fees to cover the college’s costs.
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