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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 03/28/2011

College students get tips finding free food, but nutrition isn’t counted

Free food for college students It would be nice to think that by the time kids get to college, they’re mature and self-aware enough to seek nutritious, healthful foods to fuel their academic and athletic activities. Turns out a lot of them may be more interested in finding food that’s free. 

That’s the theory, at least, behind a fledgling on-line service called food-bot.com. Invented by 23-year-old Greg Woloschyn, a recent computer science graduate of Carnegie-Mellon University, food-bot steers students toward campus events offering free food. Of a dozen schools listed on the site as participants, two are in Maryland: the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University. 

Food-bot aims to help students eat on the cheap and to publicize campus events, helping to boost attendance. But those who organize such events should be aware that food-bot ranks food offerings on a 1-to-10 scale. Steak, seafood and stir-fry rank high, each meriting a 10. Pizza, being commonplace, is worth only a 1. Same, alas, with vegetarian fare

I learned about food-bot while researching information about college dining options in the greater Washington area, something I’ll be writing about in my “Eat, Drink and Be Healthy” column in a few weeks.  For that article, I would love to hear from college students at area schools about the food available through campus meal plans. I’d also like to hear from high-school seniors who are in the process of choosing a college. Will what they serve in the dining hall have any influence on your decision? Please leave a comment here or contact me by e-mail at checkup@washpost.com.  

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