Editor’s Note: It’s Jacob Ferguson, the Marketing and Social Media Intern for the Northern Illinois University College of Business here! We caught up with Lindsay Barnaba a senior majoring in management, to see what all the fuss is about with a student project called “Monday Lunch Bunch.”
Can you tell us a little about yourself?
“I am a management major with a leadership emphasis. I am minoring in Business Innovation and Entrepreneurship and I graduate May 2015. With my degree, I hope to one day run my own business in he food industry. I am passionate about food and cooking because food is the one thing that brings people together and can always make people smile. Whether it is my own business or if I am working for someone else, I would like to produce food that positively impacts someone’s life.”
What is Monday Lunch Bunch?
“Monday Lunch Bunch is a student-run business that launched as a result of MGMT 427, which is Entrepreneurship and Business Model Design. We sell subs and sandwiches made by Feed ‘Em Soup Community Project. We are also associated with MSAB – Management Student Advisory Board and will be giving half of the profits we’ve made this semester to that organization. The other half of the profits will support Feed ‘Em Soup.
We started this business to offer students, faculty, and visitors in the NIU College of Business quality lunches that aren’t available at Three Sons Cafe, located in Barsema Hall. Some options we have offered are: Italian Beef, Pulled Pork, Turkey BLTs with Avocado, and Buffalo Chicken Wraps.”
Where did you get the idea for Monday Lunch Bunch?
“I got the idea for Monday Lunch Bunch after observing students’ behaviors in Barsema Hall’s Atrium around lunchtime. There was always a long line at Three Son’s Café particularly after UBUS 310 ended. Students always get either a hot dog or a plain deli sandwich. Since we spend so much time in Barsema studying and going to class, I saw an opportunity for more variety in lunch options for students.”
Why did you decide to partner with Feed ‘Em Soup?
“Feed ‘Em Soup is a great local organization that serves fresh and delicious meals to anyone in the community – regardless of their situation. I have volunteered with the organization in the past through the Management Student Advisory Board, and I was able to see that those running the organization are passionate about what they do and love doing it. I chose to partner with this organization because they are much more than just a soup kitchen, and I wanted more students to become aware of the food that Feed ‘Em Soup makes.”
What is MGMT 427?
“MGMT 427 is an Entrepreneurship and Business Model Design class taught by Dr. Mooney. The class is about identifying and developing business models that create value for the customer and profit for the company. Each team in the class was assigned to develop and operate a student-run business for 8 weeks. My team’s business is the Monday Lunch Bunch, and we chose to split our profits between the Management Student Advisory Board and Feed ‘Em Soup.”
What is the Management Student Advisory Board?
“Members of the Management Student Advisory Board (MSAB) serve as the voice for Management students. Our purpose is to reflect and represent student views and advise the Department of Management on all matters that students are concerned about. We have developed a Mentor Program for students that are looking for advice from someone that has experience taking business classes and for students who would like help finding the right tools and resources to study for their classes.”
What will both the organizations be doing with the profits you make this semester?
“The Management Student Advisory Board has been fundraising this year to create a scholarship for a future Management student, so I hope that the profits we earn can help make this goal happen. The profits that are shared with Feed ‘Em Soup will help support the organization’s operations in order to continue running its community kitchen.”
Will you continue to run Monday Lunch Bunch after you have completed MGMT 427?
“We have discussed the possibility of continuing Monday Lunch Bunch next semester with Feed ‘Em Soup and the organization is very willing. However, this will not officially be decided until our first MSAB meeting in January. “
Monday Lunch Bunch is serving its last meal of the semester on Monday, November 24. The lunch option will be Feed ’em Soup’s Italian Beef with chips and a drink for $5!
(FYI We only have one more meeting this semester so I am leaving out the days we meet since it might change next semester.)
The Management Student Advisory Board meets every other week in the Department of Management. It is free to join and all Management majors are welcome! Please visit our Facebook page: facebook.com/mgmtsab to see what we have been up to this semester and what’s in store for next semester!