During the past few years, everyone in our school lacked lunch due to the pandemic and regulations. Fortunately, this year's situation allowed our school to open the cafeteria, and our beloved lunches are back! Yes, they are back, but there is still a problem. Many students of GZAAT have complaints about the food, its quality, high prices, and waiting time in lines. The question arises, Is the cafeteria worth it?
One of the students has declared their opinion about this topic. According to them, they spend approximately 15-20 Gel on food daily, which is very pricey. The solution to this issue could be buying less expensive products for the food or reconsidering some products for the meals. Another complaint that was issued the most was the time spent in queues. On average, students have to wait for about 10-15 minutes in line out of the 40-minute break, which is a lot. In an ideal situation, if the rows were managed better, people would stop breaking into the line from everywhere. A more practical problem solver could be adding more machines for toasting the food.
although this year, many new foods were added to the menu, there are still very few vegan options. Khachapuri and Lobiani, which are staple dishes in every Georgian school cafeteria, have been absent from the menu for a while. Hopefully, this problem will be resolved soon.
Visual artist: Irinka Iashvili
Everyone in the school has their own opinion regarding this issue. However, the main question is what the cafeteria employees think of this problem and whether these complaints can be resolved. After interviewing two workers, we managed to get their answers and views on this subject. According to them, the costs of food are pretty acceptable depending on the economic state of our country and the high prices of food supplies: “ A little bottle of oil costs 20 Gel, which points out how overpriced the products are." On the topic of long lines, adding more machines would not solve anything; the main problem is students' behavior, which they cannot manage. Students should be able to behave rationally and respectfully towards both their peers and the cooks.
Still, all of the solutions seem very idealistic and “utopian,” but identifying the problem is the first step; working together and respecting each other is the next one. How can an individual contribute to reducing the daily drama in the cafeteria? At this point, the only action one can take is to examine one's behavior, understand the effort the school staff puts into making every day fulfilling, and respect others.
Journalist: Ana Gvasalia
Editor: Nita Karkashadze