School Stores And Vending Machines

School stores and vending machines are used to raise money for athletic departments, student groups, and food services, among other things.  Stores and machines often sell candy, other non-nutritious snacks, and sugared beverages. Foods like these that compete with the school lunch program are called “competitive foods.”

The new USDA standards will positively impact the type of foods and beverages that can be sold. However, there is still more to do; school stores make snack foods and sugary drinks available throughout most of the day as well as before and/or after school, and possibly deter students from eating the more nutritionally balanced school meals.

If you want to improve vending in your school, it is important to know who will be affected. Use the tools below to guide you in exploring the vending situation in your child's school.

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