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.