Food Lockers: Yes or No?


Grace Mak

In the recent months, Jefferson’s auditorium lobby cubbies, usually filled with sports bags and equipment, have now become storage places for food to snack on throughout the day. For some students, these food lockers are great solutions for when hunger strikes throughout the day. For others, though, they can serve as temptations and distractions.

Rose Du and Sarah Wang

Almost a hundred cubbies are lined up neatly for students to use along the wall of the auditorium lobby. Walking past the rows and rows of cubbies, you notice that some are secured with locks, others not. You see most cubbies store sports equipment, sports bags, and sneakers, and others have been claimed by eighth period clubs to serve their own purpose. However, one cubby catches your eye- it’s different from the rest. It is jam-packed with an assortment of food and beverages- a family size bag of Takis, a large box of Arizona iced tea, a barrel of pretzel sticks, and plenty of other snacks. These cubbies are referred to as “food lockers” by students, and have begun to take over the auditorium lobby cubbies.

Rose Du
Sophomores Tammy Ding, Minjoo Song and Julia Yang own one of the many food lockers that have spread across Jefferson’s auditorium lobby.

Food lockers serve as a way for students to always have food available, which was the case for sophomores Tammy Ding, Minjoo Song and Julia Yang.

“[We] wanted to have access to food all the time. That’s when we decided we should probably just make our own food locker so we could get food whenever we wanted,” Ding said. “One day we brought a bunch of food and then the next day a lock. Nobody uses the Audlob lockers anyway.”

While students like Ding don’t see a harm in owning a food locker, other students, such as sophomore Nolan Theeke-Gallego, believe otherwise.

“Food lockers taunt me. All the food looks so delicious, but I can’t eat it. There are also holes in the lockers so I can touch them, but not consume them,” Theeke-Gallego said.

On the contrary, Ding believes that food lockers not only benefit their owners, but others as well, especially those who are friends with the owners.

“Many people will ask me for food throughout the day,” Ding said. “For example, after track, everybody’s starving so I’m able to give everybody food.”

While there are two opinions concerning the fairness of food lockers, Neil Kothari, Jefferson’s student government president, thinks it is not a big concern.

“Audlob cubbies are meant to store personal and school items during the day,” Kothari said. “I think food lockers are fine, as long as they are left the same way they are found.”

Due to the beneficial results for herself and friends around her, Ding believes food lockers should not only be permitted, but that more people should start their own, especially since there have been no problems regarding her food locker.

“Thankfully, there have been no incidents pertaining to people trying to steal food that I know of,” Ding said. “Everyone should definitely have a food locker because it makes life a lot better.”