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The Kaziya: Behind the Scenes

During 15-minute breaks, before lunch, after classes, and even during classes; Khaziya is probably the most crowded and busy area on campus. Always full of students and faculties craving for food in the middle of the day, Khaziya provides the school with variety of offbeat food that cannot be found in the Dining Hall. Khaziya has a whole bunch of snack foods just like any other supermarkets, but what’s unique about it is the freshly prepared foods and baked goods such as donuts, salads, sandwiches, croissant, etc. Although more than half of the purchase is on those “made foods”, it seems like people pay a very little attention to them. Nadine Akkawi ’19 and Lena Alhamoud ’19, two huge fans of Kaziya, seemed really surprised when the origin of the food they have been purchasing was discussed. “I’ve been coming to Kaziya several times every day, but I have just never thought of where those foods come from,” says Nadine.

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Staff at the Kaziyeh prepare for the morning rush

It has been found out that most of the food including croissant, muffins, cookies, and donuts comes from a bakery in Amman. Fresh food is delivered every morning from the bakery and stored in the fridge in Kaziya. The dining hall food is delivered to Kaziya around 9 a.m. in the morning. The school dining hall is in charge of making and delivering the two most popular menus in Kaziya, which are salads and sandwiches. According to the counterperson at Kaziya, Ms. Laila Lababdeh, the most popular food that everyone loves is the melted cheese sandwich; they sell about 100-120 melted cheese sandwiches a day. Overwhelming popularity of King’s-made-melted-cheese-sandwich tells us that school knows what its students want.

Kaziya is a place that exists for the students, not for the profit. All those food delivery plans are strictly organized according to the students’ preferences, and Kaziya really focuses on providing fresh and healthy snack during students’ exhausting day. It might seem like a simple work, but a lot of people are involved in the process of making, delivering, keeping, and selling those foods. Laila Lababdeh, a counterperson at Kaziya says “[Working in Kaziya is] good, but also very tiring. I have to stand all the time, and also calculating and organizing each day’s sales are hard, too.” It is very common to pass by some students yelling at the people at counter, disrespecting other students in line, and violating the space with trash. However, students should acknowledge the hard work of many people behind the food they are purchasing and appreciate everyone involved in the process.