One thing that I have heard from many people here at the College of Wooster is that there is a severe deficit of good fruit. Lowry, for example, sports damaged apples and canned fruit, with the only salvageable option being the pineapple, if they actually have it that day, or the hit or miss bananas. Knowlton, a very popular spot, also has fruit but it’s just apples individually wrapped in plastic. I guess this decision might have something to do with Covid, but I don’t understand why they wouldn’t wrap Lowry fruit in plastic if that was the case. Lastly, Old Main, where you can find all the same fruit that they have at Lowry, but this time it’s sitting on a sort of sculpture called the “fruit tree”. I thought to myself, after hearing from people about the “lack of good fruit”, that this makes no sense. There are so many options to get fruit on campus, so what is the problem?
What people described was interesting. People made the argument that the fruit was never fresh, save for the bananas which the school always gets unripe. One of my friends talked about how integral fruit is to their diet. They explained, “I just always ate fruit at home and now I feel like trash every day, I think it’s because the fruit I’m eating isn’t up to par”. I thought this was really interesting, and felt similarly. As someone who used to work at a fresh produce store, fruit has also been a big part of my diet in the past. Not having good fresh fruit that isn’t canned or mushy is really important, not only to the physical health of the students on this campus, but to their mental wellbeing as well.