Student-organized food delivery services prove to be campus-wide success
It’s midnight on a Thursday evening. Past curfew. Past dining hall hours.
There are no snacks in the dorm – no hope of getting food until the next morning.
Two student-led operations, Midnight Munchies and Curfew Cookies, offer their solution to this problem with their late-night food-delivery services.
On Aug. 31, Curfew Cookies was born when two Liberty sophomores, J.D. Houston and Stephen Edsall, came up with an idea to start their own business. After losing power in a storm, their minds went to work looking for ways to stay productive, and beginning a cookie delivery service was the perfect solution. Just two days later, Evan Messenheimer and Nathan Gould joined the team, working hard baking and delivering cookies.
“The goal at first was to make some extra money as an after-school hobby,” Messenheimer said. “But it unexpectedly grew in popularity, both in-person and on our Instagram.”
Curfew Cookies is currently open six days a week (Monday-Saturday), delivering cookies to residential and off-campus Liberty students from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. The price is 50 cents a cookie, with a delivery fee of $1.50.
For students looking for a savory snack, Midnight Munchies offers an alternative hunger solution. Sophomore Elijah Labrozzi created the business with the intent of offering Liberty students an inexpensive way to enjoy comfort food past on-campus restaurant hours.
Midnight Munchies offers a delivery service of homemade quesadillas to residential Liberty students.
“Several customers have said that we are undercharging,” Carl Pongs, another member of the team said. A cheese quesadilla is $5 and a chicken quesadilla is $6.
Midnight Munchies is only open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m.
“On average we sell 10-15 quesadillas a night” Labrozzi said.
Both teams credit the advertising of their Instagram page and the quality of the food itself to the rapid growth of their business in such a short time. Not only are both businesses experiencing great success directly through sales, but they are looking toward expansion in the future.
“Curfew Cookies’ current goal is to develop into the main cookie delivery service for all colleges in the Lynchburg
area,” Messenheimer said.
The team at Curfew Cookies is also focused on ways they can give back to the community, as they just finished a week-long fundraising event for Hurricane Dorian, giving all of their profit to Samaritan’s Purse relief efforts.
Likewise, Midnight Munchies is looking to expand in a different sense. Though they began by focusing on comfort food, the team plans to expand their menu by adding more options, such as mozzarella sticks.
Students looking for a late-night snack can find contact information on
@midnightmunchieslu on Instagram to place orders.