School Vending Machines and Food Rewards. And What Could Be. What Is. What Is. 84% of food sold in Kentucky school vending machines is considered to be junk food. What could be. Schools require that foods sold in vending machines meet nutritional guidelines and limit times foods are sold.
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And What Could Be...
Most KY schools have become dependent on revenue generated by selling unhealthy foods to student body.
What Could Be...
88% of KY schools use unhealthy food to reward student behavior and academic performance.
What Could Be...
Reward systems other than food could be used. Healthy eating behaviors could be practiced consistently throughout the school, not just preached.
Prohibit the sale of Foods of Minimum Nutritional Value from being sold in food service area during meal periods.
Provide Less Than 5%
of RDA for Key Nutrients
Any food can be sold on school campus all day long outside of cafeteria.
USDA regulations allow state agencies and school food authorities to establish rules to control sale of competitive food.
KY passed a regulation that restricts the sale of competitive food until 1/2 hour after close of last lunch.
When you visit schools, check to see if vending machines are on before ½ hour after lunch is served. Report to school food service manager.
Jefferson County Board of Education voted to request that the State Board of Education grant them a waiver, allowing them to have vending machines on all day in high schools if products meet nutritional guidelines.
Soda companies and school districts or schools enter into a contractual agreement in which the districts or schools grant exclusive sale rights to a particular soda company.
Nationally, 47% of schools have exclusive pouring rights contracts.
5-month vending study in high schools
Bottom line – Many students will choose milk over other beverages if it is available when, where & how they want it.
-school food service
88% of KY schools use food as rewards
Schools are a microcosm of the problems of America’s current way of eating.
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