By Matthew Valenzuela-Serrano
During the 2015-16 & 17-18 school year, Independence students frequented a taco stand behind campus during lunch. This year, the stand seems to have disappeared from behind our campus. For those who don’t know or weren’t here, the stand used to be off campus between the two charter schools.
The taco stand often provided a variety of goods for a reasonable price. But their selling point was the tacos and burritos, providing an alternative to a school lunch or packing a lunch.
One problem that was created was the length of the line. The taco stand often had legions of students eager for their food, which resulted in many students being late to their 6th period class.
Junior Kaylen Saturnino, who ate at the stand, describes it as a “long line” and “understands why the lines were long. Students don’t want to eat school food.”
She also feels like “many students miss the stand because of the tacos and feel inconvenienced. Please bring back the taco truck. It had delicious tacos and helped the family’s financial needs.”
Junior Danny Rollerson goes in depth about the stand saying, “It was a good place to get food, and sold food people actually liked and tasted good.”
When asked about the line he said “Sometimes the length did bother me and would most likely take most if not all lunch. I miss it because now we don’t have anything else to eat other than school food. It was a place where you could actually get good food on campus and look at our mixtape on SoundCloud.”
It seems that most students knew about the truck and went there during lunch. People miss what was offered.
Some students believe that the school is responsible for the taco stand being absent.
Principal Berg said, “The vendor was not within legal nutritional regulations, I know one of the charter schools was trying to coordinate with a vendor but Independence hasn’t coordinated with a vendor. The State and Board have restrictions and regulations about what vendors can sell.” So the vendors we’ve seen and are currently seeing are illegal, even if we’ve been within a few yards of the actual campus or if had just ended 7th period ended.
Principal Berg said, “Independence can have one vendor but they would have to meet strict regulations and the food wouldn’t taste good.”