Campus at noon is no longer a hub of activity. Many students don’t even go to campus unless a class or club requires them to, and dining options for students living on campus have been cut down.
With students staying home and many of the campus dining halls closing due to coronavirus fears, Rachael Forbes, sophomore in pre-nursing, said the remaining food choices on campus can get redundant and boring. One way she has brought more of a variety into her diet has been by using Home Chef.
“Home Chef is a meal kit service where you can choose your meals on their site, and they will send you the ingredients pre-measured and easy to follow instructions,” Forbes said. “[The] first time I found out about Home Chef was on the GrubHub app, and [I] have just started using it this semester.”
Home Chef started in 2013, and according to their website, they’ve expanded their delivery to cover more than 97% of the U.S. population, delivering over 10 million meals in the last year. Home Chef’s goal is to save time and reduce waste, and for Forbes, these traits are what has kept her using it.
“I like using Home Chef because it gives me a fresh, well-rounded plate,” Forbes said. “I get to try new dishes, and I especially like that the ingredients are pre-portioned so there is no food waste.”
Since Home Chef sends their customers the exact proportions needed for the ingredients in their meals, the only food waste comes from leftovers. Each meal is fully customizable, and customers can pick their meals from different categories.
“Home Chef offers meals for pescatarians, vegetarians, and those with food allergies,” Forbes said. “If you have a preference for a certain type of meat then you can even switch it out for what you prefer.”
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For students, the voucher on GrubHub costs $120, but according to Forbes, the price for these meals is entirely dependent on the amount of servings and meals that customers purchase. Since she’s an RA living on campus, Forbes gets her meals from HomeChef delivered straight to her dorm.
“It’s easy to use,” Forbes said. “I just go to their site using the voucher I bought on GrubHub, choose the meals I want to cook for the next week, enter my address, and it shows up for the day I scheduled it.”
For Forbes, Home Chef has been a way for her to start cooking at home without having to do all of the shopping and most of the preparation normally associated with it.
“I will continue to use Home Chef and recommend it to my friends who are looking for an easy way to start cooking and get a balanced meal,” Forbes said.
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