On June 27, 2013, the USDA announced its finalized “Smart Snacks in School”
rules, which affect the 100,000+ elementary, middle and high schools that accept assistance from the National School Lunch Program.
As part of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, which set a deadline for the USDA to revamp its school snack standards (which hadn’t been revised for 30 years!), the Smart Snacks in School rules affect “competitive foods,” which are snacks sold in vending machines, a la carte lunch lines and in student stores.
Take simple steps now to ensure you don’t have to rush to comply with these new standards at the last minute. And, frankly, if you have a regular vending machine provider – it’s unlikely he or she will be able or willing to comply in the first place. If you’re currently under contract, we can set up our contract to start next year so that you know your students are taken care of and that your vending machines will be in compliance with the USDA by the deadline of July 1, 2014. If you are not currently under contract, why wait? You can have a healthy vending program added to your school seamlessly right now! The great thing about our healthy vending machines program is that you won’t have to worry about policing your vending machine operator to ensure compliance – we police ourselves, and that’s a 100% guarantee!
It’s no doubt that most students are accustomed to purchasing “less than healthful” snacks from your school vending machine, right? In my experience it’s better to transition to “healthy” over time so that students have time to get used to the new healthful products. Healthful products have come a LONG way in taste and with kid-friendly branding. Additionally, our franchisees can keep the momentum and excitement going by hosting interactive sampling events with your students. By gradually weaning your students off the junk food, you’ll see steady commissions and avoid a junk food vending machine rebellion riot.
If your school is like most schools, you rely on vending machine commissions for underfunded programs. We’re happy to provide plenty of references and case studies for schools that have made the switch to healthy vending and INCREASED their commissions. That’s right, we increase commissions. For example, we have schools in Texas and California that DOUBLED their vending machine commissions after switching to HUMAN. Our contract with you can even include a commission guarantee! Just ask about this during your consultation with one of our healthy vending specialists.
It’s no doubt that school nutrition is a hot topic and something that has gained national attention. You can showcase your school as a leader in providing children with healthful snack and drink options by integrating a healthy vending program into your school before the deadline assigned by the USDA. We’ll even help you gain all of the positive press. You’ll get brand new, high tech, eco-friendly machines too… just act fast to ensure that we still have machines available in your area!
The last thing you want to worry about is your school being fined for not complying with the Smart Snacks in School rules. Not only is this costly, it’s embarrassing. As we mentioned earlier, we police our operators and can confirm that the product mix in your machine on July 1st, 2014 will be 100% compliant.
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