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Vending Machines in Schools

The place of vending machines in schools can be a debate of some controversy. Yet, with strategic thinking and careful planning, vending machines can provide a positive and mutually-beneficial solution between students and schools.

In the USA there has recently been a lot of focus on snack vending machines in schools, following calls from the Obama administration as part of a campaign designed to promote healthier lifestyles amongst the younger population.

However, if stocked with appropriate products, vending machines in schools can sometimes actually encourage healthier eating habits – while also providing revenue for the school.

Aside from the obvious potential advantage of profit, there are other important factors which can be overlooked by schools, when deciding on the suitability of vending machines.

Vending machines provide a cost-effective and convenient retail outlet which can significantly help reduce congestion in cafeteria queues and save staff time. Also, as vending machines are quick, easy, and always open for business, students will be more likely to stay on site to purchase food and drink, rather than venturing to a local shop – a clear benefit to student safety.

When deciding which products to stock machines with, it is of course important for schools to choose responsibly – so as not to inadvertently encourage unhealthy eating amongst their students (in fact, there can be a fair amount of legislation governing this, depending on your location – so always do your research!). However, vending machines can also provide a good opportunity for students to develop the key life skill of independently making appropriate and responsible decisions… and that, after all, is a large part of what school is all about – isn’t it?

If you have any questions or queries relating to vending machines in schools, we would be happy to discuss them with you – please email us at: info@intelligentvending.co.uk or telephone us on: +4 (0) 1629 825555 for more information.

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