‘Mammoth Munch’ Aims to Fill Students’ Cravings
Issue   |   Tue, 10/24/2017 - 20:09

Mammoth Munch, a student-run late-night food delivery service from Schwemm’s Cafe to students, had its trial run from Oct. 1 to Oct. 14. This trial period allowed students to test out the service, which is still in its early stages.

The idea for this enterprise came from Mateen Mills ’20. This past summer, Mills attended a business program at Middlebury called MiddCORE and was inspired by a similar student-run service called GrilleME.

After discussing the idea with students at Middlebury who were interested in expanding the idea to other college campuses, Mills created Mammoth Munch with the help of the Middlebury student who created GrilleME.

Originally, Mills had hoped to deliver pizza from Antonio’s to students on campus. However, due to the limited number of students on campus with cars, Mills switched to delivering from Schwemm’s, which is located in Keefe Campus Center. This would allow students delivering food on foot to work for Mammoth Munch.

Julia Daniell ’19, a student deliverer for Mammoth Munch, said she saw Mills’ Facebook post over the summer about the service. “I was feeling entrepreneurial, so I reached out to him and I thought it was a really great idea,” she said.

When Daniell is on call, she picks up any orders called into Schwemm’s and delivers them to the customer. Daniell describes Mills as “the middleman” in charge of “online processing” while she brings the food to the customer.

Jimmy McMillian ’20 is also involved with the service. “[I do]the intake of orders and then instructing people to get the food and then go deliver it,” he said.

The development and execution of Mammoth Munch has undergone some trial and error. During the initial pilot of the program, the website experienced technical difficulties. Add-drop period and students’ busy schedules have posed challenges for Mills.

Though the technological issues were resolved, the program has taken a break. According to Mills, the team is attempting to figure out issues relating to payment.

“Because of the AC dollars system, it’s hard to have a credit card system where a company could pay for the delivery service while being able to track the services effectively,” he said.

He did, however, perceive the trial run as a success in terms of student interest and support.

Daniell stressed the importance of publicity for the success of the program. “It will become a lot bigger once people hear about it,” she said.

“In the future, if it goes well with Schwemm’s, hopefully [we can] move to Antonio’s,” Mills said. If that venture is successful, he envisions Mammoth Munch’s scope expanding into Hadley, delivering food from McDonald’s, Wendy’s and other restaurants in the area.