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EDUCATION Online food service makes college eating easier



Published: Sat, July 16, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



NEW YORK -- Campusfood.com, an online food ordering service, now offers an easy and affordable way for parents to ensure their college student is eating and spending food money on just that -- food.

With longer hours and a wider selection than the dining hall, a Campusfood Cash online account can either replace a dining plan or supplement one.

The cashless online program allows customers to load money, keep a revolving balance and monitor their account for added usability and convenience.

"The concept caught on quickly due to increased student access to the Internet and the demand in the market for an alternative and more convenient way to order and pay for food," said Julie Shimshack, director of marketing.

"Coupled with our dedication to exclusive discounts, students quickly realized the value and convenience of ordering food online. We understand that students are low on funds and in turn focus our programs around that."

Founded in 1997 by University of Pennsylvania student Michael Saunders, Campusfood specializes in online food ordering from college area restaurants with discounts exclusively for students.

The company started with a tuna sandwich. Saunders came up with the idea while hungry and attempting to order the sandwich from his favorite local restaurant but could not get through because of a busy signal.

Now, almost 10 years later, the company services more than 300 universities with a network of more than 1,500 restaurants.

For more information, visit http://www.campusfood.com.




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