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Dorm Feeds

Golfgr8Golfgr8 Registered User Posts: 626 Member
What are your opinions on Dorm Feeds? Do most boarding schools treat kids to Dorm Feeds on a weekly basis, nightly, a few times a week, or only during special occasions? In addition to the bi-weekly feeds, one school we know has nightly sugar-carb feasts during exam weeks.....marshmallow fudge, mac n’ cheese, Captain Crunch, and make your own sundaes. Before you call me a spoil sport, it’s just a bit difficult for kids to have a dish of hot fudge over marshmallow fluff at 10:00 PM then settle into lights out! Ok...any ideas of fun and healthier dorm feeds may be inspiring. Thanks :O)
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Replies to: Dorm Feeds

  • AltrasAltras Registered User Posts: 85 Junior Member
    Never heard of Dorm Feeds, but if they are a way of promoting community gathering and engagement around HEALTHY food and/or reasonably HEALTHY treats, I'm in favor. The "nightly sugar-carb feasts during exam weeks" is the opposite of what anyone (kids and adults) should be doing. Unfortunately, so many adults believe that they must break from healthy eating, drinking and sleeping habits during (and after) times of stress. It's more disheartening to hear that they have official gatherings to promote such habits. How about festivities that communicate the importance of eating well and exercising during such stressful times and getting the rest (even if its not sleep) needed to think and perform well on tests and assignments? What's next? Having keg parties afterward to promote binge drinking, drug use and other activities that may be excused in the post-stressful event period.

    Rant complete. Yes, I know I sound like my grandfather.
  • skieuropeskieurope Super Moderator Posts: 38,399 Super Moderator
    edited November 26
    What are your opinions on Dorm Feeds?
    As a means of fostering engagement or building community? Sounds great.
    marshmallow fudge, mac n’ cheese, Captain Crunch
    Having spent 2 years as a prefect, I will tell you that you have just described the cache of food that every student had in his room.:) If the kid wants "nightly sugar-carb feasts," s/he will have it regardless of if it's sponsored
  • ChoatieMomChoatieMom Registered User Posts: 4,773 Senior Member
    edited November 26
    I don't know about Dorm Feeds, but food and snacks were always available at Choate either in the form of house-sponsored mug nights, the ubiquitous birthday cakes, Tuck Shop treats, or the food trucks that parked in Mem Circle every night during study hours. I have no idea what ChoatieKid ate or when and didn't care. Kids will fuel themselves as needed or desired. I don't think he slept much during his BS years for a variety of reasons, but I'm pretty sure sugar wasn't the main deterrent.
  • Golfgr8Golfgr8 Registered User Posts: 626 Member
    [email protected]! Food trucks are great! I am jealous....and hungry at that vision of the food trucks parked in the Circle. ~O)
  • doschicosdoschicos Registered User Posts: 19,329 Senior Member
    " What's next? Having keg parties afterward to promote binge drinking, drug use and other activities that may be excused in the post-stressful event period."

    That's saved for college. :D
  • MAandMEmomMAandMEmom Registered User Posts: 1,321 Senior Member
    I recall feeds being mentioned on nearly every school tour. Of course...the student led variety.
  • cameo43cameo43 Registered User Posts: 1,481 Senior Member
    When I was a dorm parent, whomever was on weekend dorm duty provided a big Saturday evening feed. Ours was a dorm of 49 boys, so I usually got about 5 towering platters of sandwiches from Subway and supplemented with cookies or brownies (the boys were often helpers during our bakefests). Those sandwiches were always a big hit. At first, I was kind of shocked to see just how much those teenage boys can consume. LOL
  • sunnyschoolsunnyschool Registered User Posts: 1,061 Senior Member
    My student hasn't mentioned this. I don't think it's common at his school except for the occasional "ice cream party" on the weekend.

    I do know some kids don't like the dorm food and order pizza almost every night! :P
  • Golfgr8Golfgr8 Registered User Posts: 626 Member
    Yes @Sunnyschool, we hear the same about dorm food and preference for pizza.....would order Chipotle instead of school food but there is none within sight....I’m adding some information that people have shared....some dorms have kitchens or kitchenette set ups with fridge, microwave, stove...students are able to make their own snacks and/or healthy meals on their own. I was also reminded by an athlete that dining hall meals are often early - like 5:30 -and students get hungry later. Just curious if any students out there are doing communal meal gatherings in the dorm or cooking in the dorm?
  • AltrasAltras Registered User Posts: 85 Junior Member
    My son and the other kids on his floor often use UberEats to order delivery food from local restaurants. The service was news to me. They can get all kinds of food (fast food, sushi, etc). Plus, the kid who puts the order on his/her UberEats account can collect cash from the other kids to use for buying candy at the school store! :))
  • GoatMamaGoatMama Registered User Posts: 1,034 Senior Member
    edited November 27
    From what I know, it varies not just between schools but also between dorms within a school, and even in a dorm depending on who the head of dorm is. GK's dorm used to have feeds hosted by the dorm parents, with the girls helping prepare the food. They loved it! The food seemed good, too - GK still raves about the Buffalo chicken dip. New head of dorm this year, fewer dorm feeds. The dorm has a fully equipped kitchen, though, and I know that kids use it to bake brownies, cookies, even birthday cakes, and prep some simple foods. (GK uses the kitchen to study... :-? )
  • CTMom21CTMom21 Registered User Posts: 265 Junior Member
    DS hasn’t mentioned this, though they frequently have special food events in the dining hall or faculty homes. Last year he mentioned one of the freshman dorm moms making popcorn for the boys at night but that was about it other than food parents had sent for a birthday or something.
  • GoatMamaGoatMama Registered User Posts: 1,034 Senior Member
    edited November 28
    @doschicos I believe that the section of the dining hall with the cereal bins, juice machines, and soft-serve ice cream and ice cream freezer is open 24/7. Not that having cereal or ice cream at night is healthy... :D
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