CCBC - Catonsville Cafeteria Exploring Healthier Options

Deontay Mayfield

Many students on the CCBC Catonsville campus want to start or maintain a healthy diet but they often complain the lunch menu can make it difficult to proceed with this goal.

All the hours spent in a lecture, studying, or in the library have the potential to make an individual very hungry. The café is an essential place for the students but many have disclosed their unpleasant viewpoints about the food choices.

“The café does not have a lot of healthy choices. They mostly sell burgers, pizza, hot dogs, chicken tenders, and fries. I wish there was more of a variety of salads and fruits, so that it would be easier to maintain my diet,” Ashley Williams, CCBC Catonsville Student, said.

Students are growing frustrated because each of them has their own eating preferences, but it is harder for students that want to eat healthy. Many students have complained about keeping up with their diets because the fatty foods can be addicting.

CCBC Catonsville has been making strides towards a healthier lunch menu. Last year, CCBC introduced the CCBC Deli, which makes fresh bread every day and they serve salads and Paninis. Also, the “Simply to Go” convenient meal solutions program serves sandwiches and a variety of salads.

“We try our best to accommodate all of our students’ eating habits. Our biggest goal is to make sure that everyone is comfortable and as healthy as possible,” Soudabeh Abbasi, Operations Dean, said.

Video by Mass Communication student, Noah Sopher

CCBC Catonsville’s staff is currently putting forth the effort to adjust the lunch menu, so that it can be as healthy as possible. These recent changes have made students proud, because they are happy to know that the CCBC staff is acknowledging their requests and desires.

“I really do appreciate the fact that our voices are being heard. The staff is doing whatever they can do to meet our needs,” James Mitchell, CCBC Catonsville Student, said.

Having a healthy diet is important when it comes to personal health and even education. The lunch menu plays a big role in this because many students attend school for the majority of the day.

CCBC Catonsville’s staff will continue to take the necessary steps to make the lunch menu as healthy as possible. Most recently, staff members have been doing research on specific foods that are good for you and will accommodate the students’ taste buds.

The process will not happen overnight, but it will be very important in the future. The students are going to benefit from the upcoming changes that are in the making. According to many CCBC students, a healthy lunch menu is needed to make the overall lunch better and that’s what CCBC is aiming towards.


  1. Destini 17 April, 2018 at 13:57 Reply

    I think it’s wonderful that CCBC is making more of an effort to accommodate everyone’s nutritional needs and wants… now if only they can lower some of their prices.

  2. Adrienne Smith 30 April, 2018 at 16:34 Reply

    I love the fact that they are looking to improve the menu options for CCBC Catonsville. I think the whole cafeteria would benefit from a whole renovation. The campus cafeteria seems a little outdated compared to other buildings on campus and often times a ghost zone. The current atmosphere isn’t very inviting or cozy. I often time walk right by grab something from the vending machine and head over to the area around the Einstein Bros. Bagels. If the campus would put a little money into the cafeteria it could be a great spot for students to study, network and enjoy a great nutritious meal. Maybe outsource a Subway like CCBC Essex, and make the fresh salads, and fruit affordable.

  3. Danica 12 July, 2018 at 12:36 Reply

    Great job on the video! The dramatic intro music is funny, helping to capture the audience. The video adds an entertainment factor to the article while pulling important details to the forefront. Your narrating of the video gives the audience a more personal touch since you’re a current student and more importantly, we can see who’s behind the voice.

  4. Kyle Press 13 July, 2018 at 10:32 Reply

    I think it is great that the school is making strides to offer more healthier options, but I think it shouldn’t be the schools responsibility to make sure a student sticks to their diet. It is the responsibility of the person to make sure they themselves are eating right.

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