I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that no one screamed “Stop the presses!” over this report. The Associated Press recently looked into school vending machine sales after the 2010 enactment of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act and – surprise, surprise – students are using the machines far less now that they have to be stocked with healthy snacks and drinks. However, in what is an interesting twist, the drop in vending machine sales has actually boosted sales of healthy snacks in the cafeteria.
Ever since the schools that receive federal food subsidies have started following legislation that requires vending machines only sell healthy snacks, fruits juices and water, “profits that schools make from vending machine snack sales have gone down by 50 percent,” writes reporter Peg Quann. Those numbers could seem bad for a school’s bottom line, but Quann found that at many schools, students were instead choosing to buy more a la carte options from the cafeteria. In fact, despite the vending machine drop, at least one school administrator in Pennsylvania has called the change a victory for everyone.