Mesa Community College offers food services conveniently located throughout campus to accommodate students who are on the go. Food services are currently being offered by Aramark, an industry leader that provides services to all ASU campuses and 12 other Maricopa community colleges.
The T-Bird Café, which is located inside the Kirk Center offers a variety of meal options that include breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and coffee.
Jessica Tomac, a district marketing manager for Aramark, said that meal choices are based on research from customers around the country and are always adding to the menu based on local customer feedback.
When it comes to deciding food prices, the items are reviewed annually to ensure that the campus food is affordable for students.
“We conduct a competitive analysis annually when prices are adjusted to ensure that our prices and offerings fall within the menu and pricing of nearby off-campus venues,” Tomac said.
MCC student, Joe Lucas, said that the prices are reasonable and definitely worth the convenience.
“The parking situation here is a pain, so I’d rather pay a little more for convenience,” Lucas said.
T-Bird Café offers a value item menu that includes chicken nuggets, tator-tots, snack wraps, and grilled cheese sandwiches at prices ranging from $1 to $2.
Lucas said that it would be nice to see a wider variety of healthy food items on the menu.
When asked about healthy meal options, Tomac said that they are always working with chefs and take feedback from students to incorporate additional healthy choices into the menu rotation.
Students looking for a quick snack can stop by the Blue Note Café conveniently located in the library breezeway.
The Café offers speedy service for students that are in between classes by serving coffee, muffins, bagels, salad and smoothies.
Belinda Elie, a full time barista at the Blue Note Café said that students love the convenience of having fast food on campus.
“Breakfast sandwiches are coming soon,” Elie said.