Healthy Vending: The Future of School Snack Machines 2/19/13
CBS 7 News
February 19, 2013
MIDLAND- New nutrition guidelines for what your child eats while at school have drastically altered the offerings in school cafeterias across the country.
But one school is taking it a step further.
Midland High School is the first school in the district to pilot the H.U.M.A.N Healthy Vending Machine.
It provides low-sugar, gluten free and even organic options.
After learning about new state regulations and guidelines on lunches last summer, Midland High Principal Horn said the district turned to H.U.M.A.N Healthy Vending.
“We looked to meet kids needs, meet state criteria and maybe make some money,” said Horner.
With every purchase made, a portion of the revenue goes back to the school.
But recently, the USDA released a new national proposal that would set nutritional standards and calorie limits on all foods sold in schools.
Luckily, the options in the vending machines should remain the same and provide quick, healthy snacks for students.
“We have so many after school programs, a lot of students don’t have time to go off campus and grab a snack, so this provides them good healthy options.”
And the surprising part is students like it!
“They’re pretty popular,” said junior Selena Muniz. “A lot of people use them for lunch, tutorials or even if they missed breakfast.”