With a cafeteria not on Carroll Community College's building menu for a few years, officials there are looking for other ways to provide students and faculty with lunch fare.
CCC began advertising Fridayfor vendors to provide lunch service at the Washington Road campus until a cafeteria is established.
"It's really going to ask quite a bit for someone to do because they will not have much to work with other than tables and space and access to a sink," said Joel Hoskowitz, CCC's coordinator of counseling and chair of a cafeteria committee looking for a vendor.
Hoskowitz said the committee hopes to have a vendor in service when the fallsemester begins in September. The deadline to submit proposals is July 19, and the committee will make a decision as quickly as possible,he said.
The nine-member committee hopes a vendor will provide not only lunch but also breakfast and dinner, Hoskowitz said, because classes are held throughout the day and evening at the campus.
"We know that's asking a lot," he said. "We'd be happy to have someone provide lunch right now. The only (permanent) service available is what's available through the vending machine."
And vending machines don't cut it, staff and students say. The machines are good for snacks,but not meals. Most students and faculty leave the campus for eateries in downtown Westminster or along Route 140.
CCC officials' hopes of finding a vendor have been buoyed by the relative success of Maggie's. The Westminster restaurant has been selling a limited menu in the lower-level dining room since the end of the spring semester to test the waters.
"The summer months have not been anything special," said Jim Breuer, owner of the restaurant. "It's been just enough tocover costs."
Sandwiches, soups, salads and desserts are regularly available on the menu offered to CCC students and staff. Maggie's sells lunch fare from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.each day, said Jennifer Mays, a waitress who has been charged with setting up and staffing thesales stand.
"I think the students and the staff have been happy that we're here," the 19-year-old Westminster resident said.
Hoskowitz said Maggie's is reasonably priced -- items range from 75 cents for fruit to $2.25 for a sandwich -- costing no more than a meal at afast-food restaurant.
Nan Reese, CCC's business office manager, took advantage of Maggie's offerings during lunch one day last week, picking upchicken salad.
"I think the staff has been very appreciative, and I know students are, too," she said of the service. "I know they (Maggie's) came in at the end of the semester, so it hasn't beena real good test. But I'm sure it will be used in the fall."
About 2,500 full- and part-time students are expected to attend CCC classes in the fall.
Breuer, who plans to submit a proposal to CCC, said he was prompted to provide the temporary service as a gesture of goodwill.
"I felt it was a good thing to do," he said. "I felt it was an opportunity to do something for the community."
Maggie's doesnot share any profit with the college. Hoskowitz, however, said the committee hopes to find a vendor who will share a percentage of profits with the college.
"It's one of the things we're requesting in aproposal," he said.
Vendors who do not want to share profits, however, will not be eliminated from consideration, he noted.