By Nadine Dafrawy and Rania El Embaby
Student organizations at The American University in Cairo (AUC) have begun to offer students alternative food options in response to the on-campus food shortage and the lack of food variety.
Both the Student Union (SU) and the Foreign Students Association (FSA) have set up booths offering sandwiches, salads and snacks at lower prices than those of Delicious Inc., the Egyptian-Saudi food consortium now managing campus food outlets.
Anyone trying to buy food from Cilantro, Jared’s Bagels, Mercato Italiano and Cinnabon, the only available food outlets, has discovered regular food shortages and long queues since last week.
“It is ironic that the elite people of AUC are standing in a food queue,” said Farida Mokhtar, an economics sophomore.
The FSA booth, working in collaboration with International Student Affairs (ISA), sells sandwiches and salads bought from Eurodeli, a popular food chain.
Sandwiches at the FSA booth are 5 LE cheaper than those at Cilantro and Mercato Italiano.
“Where the school fails to provide, we have stepped in and [are] trying to [find] solutions,” said Andrew Clark, FSA president.
Meanwhile, the sign next to the “SU Market” reads No more hunger!
The SU Market offers soda cans and snacks such as potato chips and chocolates at prices similar to those of the old campus AUC cafeteria. Soda cans at the SU market are 2 LE, while those at Jared’s Bagels, for example, are 3 LE.
SU member Aya Hamed said, “We’re trying to provide an alternative solution. We try to see what fits best to AUC students and bring them what they’ve been used to.”
According to Hamed, SU members pay daily visits to retail markets to meet demand. “The profits which we obtain are used to buy more products for the next day,” she added.