Suffolk County Community College’s Ammerman Campus technically has three options to dine. The Babylon Student Center cafeteria — with a variety of options including Moe’s Southwest Grill, Grille Works, Bene Pizzeria, Asian Village and the breakfast bar– is the most popular. It’s also the place where most students gather in off time to socialize. Starbucks, located separately towards the back of the cafeteria, is another option.
But there’s a third, lesser-known option. It’s called the P.O.D. Market, located on the bottom floor of the Southampton Building, where fewer students travel to frequently.
The P.O.D., unlike the cafeteria, is more like a convenience store in that it sells smaller snack items instead of full meals. The items sold there range from a bag of chips to Kraft Macaroni & Cheese.
A freezer carries frozen meals such as Hot Pockets, White Castle burgers, etc.
There is also a microwave to heat up frozen food before rushing off to class.
Even with multiple vending machines scattered throughout campus, they don’t have the biggest selection, while The P.O.D. offers a variety of snacks.
Regarding the location of the P.O.D., “They wanted something down here at the bottom of the hill,” said a cashier, who said she wasn’t allowed to divulge her name.
The P.O.D. is a convenient stop for students in taking courses in the Southampton Building, rather than having to run to the cafeteria up the hill, but students interviewed for this story said they haven’t had the chance to visit it because of its location away from their studies.
“I have heard of it, but have never entered it,” said Jordan Menjivar, 18. He added that he likes the look of it.