Harvard Students Hoard Food as Dining Hall Strike Looms

'Finish off by stuffing your backpack with 30 apples'
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 4, 2016 1:05 PM CDT
Harvard Students Hoard Food as Dining Hall Strike Looms

"Worst case scenario: cannibalism," a Harvard freshman tells the Washington Post. A strike of Harvard dining hall workers could start as soon as Wednesday, leaving students at America's most prestigious university (sorry, Yale) without access to quality on-campus sustenance. "I'm worrying about midterms right now," another freshman says. "I don't need to worry about where my food is coming from." The more than 400 workers employed by Harvard University Dining Services are fighting for better wages and health care, and a negotiation deadline is set for Tuesday night.

The looming strike has led to Harvard students hoarding dining hall food while it's still plentiful. "With Tupperware poised, confidently ladle oatmeal, chili, and chowder. Fill designated containers to the brim with cookies and your cereal of choice," the Harvard Crimson instructs in its dining hall strike survival guide. "Finish off by stuffing your backpack with 30 apples." It's unclear how the university will deal with feeding students if a strike does indeed happen, though there are reports Harvard is doing a little hoarding of its own—this time of frozen meals. "In high school, I lived off TV dinners," the cannibalism-considering freshman tells the Post. "I can do it in college." (More Harvard stories.)

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