Cafeterias need soy milk


The cafeterias at Pima Community College’s many campuses offer great snacks, sodas, sweets and full-size meals when your tummy is rumbling. If you’re a vegetarian or vegan, there are even a couple of options to pick from if you don’t want to bring lunch from home.

It’s a bit of a pain to bring your own non-dairy milk, though. No one wants to bring a whole container of soy milk for one cup of joe, but the coffee bars in the cafeterias at PCC don’t offer an alternative milk option, like soy or almond.

According to a 2011 phone survey conducted by the Vegetarian Resource Group, 5 percent of the U.S. population is vegetarian and 2.5 percent is vegan. That’s about 7,500,000 people, roughly equivalent to the population of Los Angeles County.

That’s a lot of veg heads.

But even if you’re not vegan, the Wexner Medical Institute at Ohio State University estimates that 30 to 50 million Americans are lactose intolerant. These folks probably wouldn’t mind a non-dairy option for their coffee, either.

Based on those numbers, it’s a safe bet that some Pima students are looking for a non-dairy option.

Of course, vegans and non-milk drinkers are still in the minority. It’s hard to expect special treatment, especially if one is making the choice to go against the grain and avoid animal products.

However, you’d be hard-pressed to find a coffee shop that didn’t have at least one non-dairy option.

As it turns out, requesting an addition to the cafeteria menu isn’t so difficult.

Angelica Salgado-Wood just started about a month ago as the general manager of food services for all PCC campuses.

Salgado-Wood said she’s working on making it easier for students to request a menu addition.

You can request an addition through the Sodexo website, but Salgado-Wood says it’s not quite up to snuff yet. She’s making some changes, and hopes to get a link to Sodexo on the Pima website.

Salgado-Wood said she is more than willing to provide a milk alternative in the cafeterias.

She said they’ll be getting rid of the creamers and offering carafes of milk instead. Adding soymilk, she said, would be an “easy fix.”

Solving the soymilk conundrum was simple. All it took was finding the right person. If you would like to make a menu request or change, contact Salgado-Wood at 206-0595 or

Greene is not a member of the vegan police but she does have vegan powers, like that guy in “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.”


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