You might wonder how a vending services company could promote good nutrition in New Jersey’s schools. After all, aren’t we just potato chip peddlers and soda slingers?
This couldn’t be further from the truth.
At Atlantic Vending, we understand that good nutrition is the foundation for good health and academic success. As parents ourselves, we know how important it is for children to have access to wholesome, nutritious snacks to keep their focus and energy up throughout the school day. And studies have shown time and again that kids who have healthy eating patterns are more likely to perform better academically.
That’s why we are proud to do our part to provide New Jersey’s children with healthier vending options in their schools.
With the help of local nutritionists, we developed a targeted school vending program specifically designed to assist food service directors and school administrators in meeting their nutrition and wellness goals and local, state, and national standards.
Having healthy vending options plays a huge role in creating a healthier learning environment. It’s a great way for students and staff to model healthy behaviors and continue building lifelong healthy habits.
More than a quarter of kids’ daily calories may come from snacks.
The “Smart Snacks in School” Initiative
At the start of the 2014/15 school year, the Federal Government put in place new regulations governing all snacks and foods sold in schools–including vending machines. Called the Smart Snacks in School initiative, the program outlines detailed nutritional criteria and is designed to reinforce healthy eating habits.
The “Smart Snacks in School” nutrition standards include:
- Encouraging and providing more nutritious snack selections, including whole grains, low-fat dairy, fruits, vegetables, and leaner protein.
- Food items that are lower in fat, sugar, and sodium and provide more of the nutrients young people need.
- Targeted standards allowing for variation between elementary, middle and high school age groups.
Find out more about the Smart Snacks in Schools program and make sure your current vending options stack up here.
Making the healthy choice the easy choice
Atlantic Vending is dedicated to supporting schools by promoting good nutrition and providing healthy vending choices to New Jersey’s students. Contact us today at 1-888-218-8363 to find out more about our school vending programs.