Eastern Carver Schools Adding Healthy Vending Machines
As students and teachers arrived for the first day of school this year, they probably noticed a major difference in the selection of edibles and drinkables offered by their schools vending machines.
According to the Chanhassen Villager, all of the vending machines in district buildings, which include Chanhassen schools, are being replaced with new machines that are stocked with healthier food and beverage options to comply with new federal regulations that took effect July 1.
“Under the new ‘Smart Snacks’ rule, in order for food, snacks and beverages to be sold to students during the school day, the products must meet certain nutritional requirements for calories, sugar, sodium and fat,” the newspaper reported. “Beverages have volume requirements and caffeine restrictions.”
The machines are in the process of being switched out and could include Pop chips, Izze drinks, GOGO SqueeZ apple sauce or Buzz Strong chocolate chip cookies, DeeDee Kahring, director of finance and operations for the district, told the newspaper.
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