The Berkeley High School snack bar brings delicious snacks to BHS home games. On September 23, a Friday night, fans of all ages came up to the window to buy chips, candy, drinks, and more. Inside, volunteer workers hurried around the bustling shack, responding to the pleas of student customers bargaining for discounts. Just outside, smoke billowed from the grill as more volunteers prepared hot dogs.
Snacks such as hot dogs and nachos go hand in hand with stadiums and ballparks. For some, the special foods offered at a game are just important as the game itself.
Sabine Meggyesy, a senior and co-commissioner of health and athletics at BHS, credits the snack bar with making BHS games “into events that people want to be at.” She said that, “by offering more than just football, students and families who may be there to support the players rather than to really watch the game will have something to make them stay.”
After its two year hiatus following the COVID-19 shutdown, the renowned snack bar is finally back in business, raising money for the football cheer, volleyball, and basketball teams.
“Everybody’s hungry,” said junior Yemarej Alexander, a snack bar volunteer, about the value that the BHS snack bar brings to the game experience. She says that “operating and bargaining at the window is a fun experience to have all together.”
Siula Hendrickson-Sperry and Nicke Dockter, two sixth graders at Willard Middle School who have volunteered to work at the snack bar noted that working at the snack bar is the “highlight of (their) week.”
For almost six straight hours, the bountiful spread of refreshments was demolished by a constant stream of customers, and by the end of the third quarter of the varsity game, the shelves of the snack bar were almost completely emptied.