Teens today aren’t just stuck with bringing a lunch from home or eating from the school cafeteria, now that most of them are packing cell phones, many of them are ordering food delivered to high school using apps like Grubhub and UberEats. But so many students are getting in on the lunchtime deliveries, it’s become disruptive and now schools are starting to ban the practice.
"It was getting to the point where you'd have eight, 10, 15 deliveries a day," explains Pat Watson, principal at West Bloomfield High School in Township, Michigan. "It's a building policy: You can't have food delivered during the school day."
Other schools agree and see it as a safety concern. Having strangers and unknown delivery people coming through the hallways with delivery bags is a no-no for schools because it’s just not safe for students. And there are other issues that make it a problem, including extra work for the school office staff, who are stuck managing food orders on top of everything they normally have to deal with. Plus, a lot of the time, the deliveries aren’t on time, so students don’t get their food during their lunch period and are forced to miss class to eat or bring food to class to eat there, which doesn’t please their teachers much.