Monday, July 19, 2010

To Vend, or Not to Vend

Ed Bruske
aka The Slow Cook

Is it better to try and upgrade the food in school vending machines, or just get rid of the vending machines altogether?

More and more schools are trying to stock their vending machines with healthier items with less sugar, fat, salt and sometimes even full meals. But some critics say schools should get out of the vending machine business and focus on making school meals better.

When I was in Colorado recently for "culinary boot camp," the local food service director complained that the company that managed the school vending machines insisted on trying to sneak junk food into the offerings. The explanation was simple: that's what kids like best.

You can read the full story from Associated Press here.

1 comment:

  1. I agree with Marion - let's concentrate on making lunches better. do get hungry - they're growing - THEY NEED TO EAT! So how about selling only "whole" foods for snacks and treats. If it has more than one ingredient, it can't be sold. Very few kids eat all the fruits and vegetables they need. Could providing only vending machines that sell whole foods solve the problem?