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View Poll Results: Do You Support Vending Machines in Your Schools?
Yes - it is okay by me. 2 8.33%
Yes - if the machines are only available to students after the final bell has rung. 5 20.83%
Yes - but let's not limit it to only a single vendor. 4 16.67%
No! - Not under any circumstances do I want vending machines available to my children at school 10 41.67%
Not Sure 3 12.50%
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Old 08-09-2004, 04:01 PM
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First of all, let me say, I am speaking from a purely personal position...

I had to choose the "not sure" reply.. for several reasons...

I feel that soda (and candy vending machines), IF available in schools .. belong at HS level or above ONLY... Having them in MS or Elementary is not appropriate.

I realize that the profit the school districts make from these vending machine sales is what helps subsidize the school lunch programs.

This keeps the price of a hot lunches served in th district affordable to those kids who are not so poor that they receive free lunches, but who are not so well off that they can afford to pay for a hot meal on any given day.

Yes, we'd like our schools to serve wholesome lunches and snacks to our kids... And they do. It's called the "School Lunch Program"

Is having these "sweet treat" vending machines available enticing the kids to buy these empty calorie choices rather than nutritious one? That has been a question of much recent debate. Most schools that offer soda and snack vending machines, also offer juice, water, yogurt, pretzles etc.. in other words.. healthy stuff...

But if you give a kid a dollar..

Who of us that voted "no" to sodas in the schools, keep it out of our homes? Why do we serve this stuff to our own kids, and yet when the financial gains to the schools are HUGE, do we insist they not offer it there, to our kids or to our neighbors kids...

Maybe I'd rather not buy the stuff at home, and give my child the dollar a day for the one can of soda at school if she wanted to buy it. Maybe She'd get that caffeine jolt from a 12 oz can after lunch, before 5th period class... rather than from a 2 liter bottle after school before bedtime..

I just don't know....

It's not a simple debate.. But I know in my school district, we're arguing about it now.

And quite honestly, what I'd like to see happen, before removing the Colas from the vending machines.. is removing the whitrice as a side dish on Pizza days...

School lunch menus need more attention than do vending choices in a lot of schools. And you're right PTA involvement is the place to make your voice and vote matter.

Great debate Cindy.

Thanks for the post!

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Old 08-09-2004, 05:22 PM
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Vending Machines

While I worked there, I noticed that the children who were given the opportunity to eat healthy or given chipos, took the pop and chipos for lunch over a hot and hearty meal.
As we speak, the middle school lunch room no longer has servers, you serve yourself. We just replenish the stock.
At the hi school level? O yeah, we have a lunch line, but yet, more children still go for the pizza, pop and again chipos. Our child will not be going to the public schools, thank heavens. She will go charter and because of this, there will be no pop machines. I will have other things to worry about. Like grades or boys.
She will go private for hi school. The ones who could care less are the ones who probably have no clue what nutrition is and don't emphise it with their children. This is my two cents. I try to eat healthy, even though I need to loose a few pounds myself.
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Old 08-09-2004, 11:22 PM
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Here in Australia there are vending machines for soft drinks (sodas) in high schools only (13-17yros). This is mostly because of $$, the school say that the kids will buy them and take them to school or drink them on the way home, usually from the local shops or petrol stations, the school figures if the kids are going to spend the money it may as well be the school that gets the profits.
Shools here are in most part funded by us parents and our fundraising events to get a lot of the usual stuff .
I work in the canteen that sells really healthy food and the not so healthy for the most part they eat very well. Fresh fruit always goes, so does yoghurt, juices, salads.

Whether we want to have them or not new leglislation has come in for "healthy schools" so things like soft drinks will go. That will end our vending machines, COKE Aust will not supply the schools.

I should have said that in my opinion it doesn't worry me, as my son in high school would rather buy an ice cream with his money, it doesn't really effect me.

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