York, PA: Penn State York Fills Gap with Food Trucks

Penn State York freshmen Victoria Maliszewski and Emily Bodnar taste samples from Soul Burrito and Chick-fil-A during a food truck fair Wednesday. While the campus's dining area, the Lion's Den in the student center, is closed for renovations, Penn State York will host a different food truck every day of the school week to help feed students. (Chris Dunn — Daily Record/Sunday News)

By Angie Mason | YDR.com

Penn State York freshmen Victoria Maliszewski and Emily Bodnar taste samples from Soul Burrito and Chick-fil-A during a food truck fair Wednesday. While the campus's dining area, the Lion's Den in the student center, is closed for renovations, Penn State York will host a different food truck every day of the school week to help feed students. (Chris Dunn — Daily Record/Sunday News)
Penn State York freshmen Victoria Maliszewski and Emily Bodnar taste samples from Soul Burrito and Chick-fil-A during a food truck fair Wednesday. While the campus’s dining area, the Lion’s Den in the student center, is closed for renovations, Penn State York will host a different food truck every day of the school week to help feed students. (Chris Dunn — Daily Record/Sunday News)

How do you make sure college students are well fed while the campus dining area is being renovated?

You bring in food trucks.

Penn State York’s Lion’s Den, the dining area in the Joe and Rosie Ruhl Student Community Center, is closed as the first phase of renovations to the student building, built in the late 1960s, starts, according to a news release. The Bistro, a cafe in the Pullo Center, is still open, but the campus has arranged for food trucks and vendors to visit the campus regularly. Students and staff got a free sampling Wednesday during a Food Truck Fair held on campus.

Joey Devor, owner and operator of The Chicken Truck, hands Penn State York freshman Vincent Gurreri his order during a food truck fair on campus. While the campus's dining area, the Lion's Den in the student center, is closed for renovations, Penn State York will host food trucks and other vendors to make sure students have options. (Chris Dunn — Daily Record/Sunday News)
Joey Devor, owner and operator of The Chicken Truck, hands Penn State York freshman Vincent Gurreri his order during a food truck fair on campus. While the campus’s dining area, the Lion’s Den in the student center, is closed for renovations, Penn State York will host food trucks and other vendors to make sure students have options. (Chris Dunn — Daily Record/Sunday News)

The Ruhl Center, which will be expanded and renovated, will be closed starting Dec. 20 with construction starting in early 2015 as plans are approved, the release says. Plans call for 12,000 square feet of space to be added, including a multi-activity court, new locker rooms and office space. The fitness center will also be renovated.

The work will take 18 months to two years and the center should reopen by fall 2016, the release says.

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