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HUB Dining By The Numbers

If one thing holds absolutely true, it’s that Penn Staters like to munch. More specifically, they like to munch at the HUB. If you’ve ever visited the HUB around lunchtime you might want to think twice for the sake of your sanity. Every day, a swarm of students descend on the HUB, eating everything in sight. We did a little investigating to find out just how much is eaten on an average day.


Ahh, yes. The good sludge.

Coffee is the lifeblood of many college students, which is why on an average day students drink around 40 gallons of the glorious bean in the HUB alone. That much coffee equates to filling up the average gas tank…twice.


Students eat approximately 1,115 lbs of chicken per day between Burger King and options in the Food Court. That’s the equivalent to the weight of one grand piano.


Students eat approximately 320 lbs of lettuce between the Food Court and the Salad Bar. All that leafy green equates to almost three times the weight of an octopus.


There is around 60 pounds of shrimp consumed at the Food Court. That weighs more than half a toilet!

French Fries

Students devour approximately 635 lbs of french fries between between Burger King and Chick-Fil-A. That’s more then half the weight of a grizzly bear. Now picture a grizzly bear sized french fry.



Students eat around 70 lbs of bananas just from Jamba Juice alone, which would weight as much as 200 baseballs.


There is approximately 215 lbs of beef consumed by students from the Food Court and Burger King. The heaping pile of beef would weigh as much as 250 footballs. Inflated footballs, mind you…


Between Sbarro and the Food Court, students eat roughly 170 lbs of cheese per day — which is about the same weight as a Kangaroo.


Students eat approximately 105 lbs of strawberries between the Food Court and Jamba Juice. That would weigh as much as holding five Dachshunds.

While these numbers may seem high, just imagine the weight of all the Canyon pizzas purchased on a Friday night. One might guess it weighs about the same as the Joe Paterno statue.

About the Author

Caitlin Gailey

Senior from just outside the city of Brotherly Love. Yes, I am one of those Philly sports fans. I bleed blue and white and have since birth. Maybe someday you will see me on ESPN and then again maybe not. If you ever want to inflate my ego email me at [email protected]


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