Yesterday I was campaigning in the Piazza about food and drink, the first two of my manifesto policies. In case you didn't see me, I had a large board where people could write down their comments and suggestions for improving the union's food and drink provision. There were lots of really good ideas, some of which hadn't occurred to me. For example, someone pointed out the poor provision of vegetarian and kosher options. This is definitely the kind of thing we should be looking to improve. Here are my manifesto ideas on food and drink.
At the moment the affordable hot food options in the Union are limited, especially in the evenings. I want to bring back Cholo Food. For the first years who may not know, the area that is now Quench used to serve hot breakfasts and lunches, things like fish and chips, lasagne, fried breakfasts. Quench is a great idea, but I think we need a hot food outlet too and I will make sure the new union building includes this.
I also aim to extend opening hours for union outlets on weekends. I know lots of people come into campus on a Saturday and Sunday in the day, and there's hardly anywhere they can even get a cup of tea.
I know that carrying heavy bags of shopping back to campus from supermarkets is a real pain. I will lobby local supermarkets for free delivery to campus from their stores.
At the moment the University have an 'eating at Warwick' card but the Union don't. I would introduce a Union Eat Card in tandem with the University card. This would reduce the use of cash in the Union, and will dramatically reduce queue lengths.
I also want there to be better drinks offers, and especially extended happy hours on slow nights to get crowds back into the Union. I will encourage a wider and cheaper range of hot and soft drinks, not just alcoholic beverages.
I am out on the piazza again today and tomorrow. Come and find me with your questions and suggestions. Less than 24 hours until voting opens!