Installing vending machines in schools is a great way for convenient and quick snacking; moreover, it is also defined as an inexpensive way of munching. Back in July 2014, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) set some standards for the schools, which advised all the schools in the country to fulfill the requirements and follow the guidelines of “Smart Snacks in Schools.” According to the new standards, schools were to find innovative ways to stick to the new standards while keeping up with the profit.
As per the USDA standards, the snacks sold in school must be not more than 200 calories, have no grams of trans fat, not be more than 35 percent of saturated fats, and must have nutritional value rather than empty calories.
According to the infographic, 43 percent of elementary schools in the USA have vending machines whereas, 74 percent of middle schools and 98 percent of high schools have vending machines within their premises.
As per the studies, several schools ban vending machines in order to meet the new USDA standards but doing so doesn’t result in healthy eating; in fact, doing so leads the students to other ways to grab their food.
Infographic by: Healthyyouvending.com