On Aug. 25, when Hurricane Laura was set to hit Louisiana and Texas, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette devised a plan to provide resident students with meals who were staying on campus.
Jack Smith, a freshman to UL Lafayette, said the university would provide three meals in the morning to ensure the students would not have to get out during the day, and on Wednesday morning, they made sure students had a breakfast meal for Thursday as well.
“The meals that they sent to us didn’t really need to be refrigerated or microwaved. Regardless of circumstances, anyone would be fine, as for lunch and dinner, they sent a sandwich, chips, and a fruit cup for each. Then for breakfast, they gave a muffin, granola bar, orange, and a fruit cup,” Smith said.
In addition to the food, the students were given three bottles of water a day.
For students with allergies, before the storm came, a survey was sent out to ask students of allergies or dietary restrictions. When students were receiving their meals, those handing them out would ask students their answers to the survey to ensure there were no mistakes.
“Each day leading up to the storm, the university sent updates through email regarding the hurricanes and how that would affect the class schedules, food services and housing for residents. Because Marco ended up lessening over time, the only real changes to daily life came with Hurricane Laura on Wednesday leading into Thursday morning,” Smith said.
The university also gave second helpings to students if needed until they ran out of food for the day.
Smith said that overall, the university was consistently communicating with the students as well as the resident halls.
“There was also a GroupMe where the RAs could also keep us updated. Overall, I felt like I was constantly kept within the loop and couldn’t be more satisfied with the current situation,” Smith said.
Smith also said the university did an excellent job of handling the meal situation, as well as being inclusive with those with dietary restrictions or allergies.
Jordan Grider, a freshman resident, said he was given all vegetarian meals in accordance to his preference.
Smith said that it was, overall, a positive experience, and UL Lafayette did everything they could given the circumstances. He said that the university does not need to change anything they did, and they seemed happy and willing to help students.
While they followed Grider’s food preference, he said that the meals were okay, but not amazing.
“Maybe put a little bit more food in some of the boxes. A sandwich and chips is not the most filling dinner,” said Grider.