Switch to Healthy Vending Machines Doubles School’s Revenues
06/28/2012

Tomball High School in Tomball, TX has doubled its vending machine commissions and slashed energy costs by incorporating HUMAN Healthy Vending.

Online PR News – 28-June-2012 – Houston, TX – Tomball High School has taken proactive steps to make nutritious foods and drinks the default in its competitive foods offerings by getting rid of more than ten junk-food vending machines and replacing them with four HUMAN Healthy Vending machines. Debunking the myth that schools lose commissions once they offer more healthful competitive foods, Tomball High School has doubled its vending commissions and slashed energy costs by more than eighty percent, leading to over $10,000 in increased earnings and savings for the school.

Matt Antignolo, Director of Student Nutrition at Tomball High School, was behind the push for healthy vending. “For me, it wasn't about the money. We have a local wellness committee here and we were just trying to do the right thing as far as nutrition. With HUMAN Healthy Vending, we saw an increase in commissions, but also a positive change for the kids,” said Antignolo.

While the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has yet to release proposed revisions to its 30-year-old competitive foods policy, many schools, including Tomball High School, are taking measures now to ensure their competitive foods (these include food and drink items sold in vending machines, a la carte and in student stores) meet higher standards than those the USDA required in 1979, which only apply to foods and drinks sold during meal times.

One of the chief concerns of cash-strapped schools is how switching to healthy vending and healthy competitive food options will affect their bottom line. Tomball High School is an example of where removing junk foods and drinks had a positive impact on school revenues.

However, there is more at stake than money. Aside from increasing school revenue, updating nutrition standards for snacks and beverages sold in schools so that they meet the most recent Dietary Guidelines for Americans could impact obesity and student health, according to a health impact assessment (HIA) released earlier this week by the Kids’ Safe & Healthful Foods Project and the Health Impact Project.

According to the HIA, with many children eating roughly half of their daily calories at schools, new guidelines will likely have an impact on student health and potentially body weight, if the items offered are not only healthful but are also the appropriate portion size for students.

Tomball High School is one of nearly 500 schools and 1200 locations across the world that have partnered with HUMAN Healthy Vending to make convenient access to healthful foods and drinks a reality. With the USDA’s impending competitive foods’ policy updates, schools across the nation will be turning to healthy vending to meet (if not exceed) school nutrition standards while maintaining, and often increasing, much-needed commissions.

About HUMAN Healthy Vending

HUMAN (Helping Unite Mankind and Nutrition) Healthy Vending’s mission is to make healthy food more convenient than junk food. HUMAN accomplishes this by placing high-tech and eco-friendly vending machines that only vend better-for-you foods, including fresh produce and locally-sourced foods, in schools, hospitals, gyms and corporate locations across the world. In addition to providing healthful food options, HUMAN machines provide nutrition education via high-definition LCD screens that display streaming videos and other digital content. HUMAN currently has over 1200 machines placed across the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

In 2011, HUMAN Healthy Vending was ranked by Entrepreneur Magazine as one of its “Top 100 Brilliant Companies” and by Forbes as one of “America’s Most Promising Companies.”

HUMAN is proud to return 10% of its proceeds to fund its non-profit charity arm, HUMAN Everywhere. HUMAN Everywhere’s mission is to leverage the power of social entrepreneurship to fight the causes of obesity by increasing access to nutrition education and healthful foods while advocating for public policy that contributes to these goals.

Learn more at our website.
To review the Tomball High School case study, visit: http://www.scribd.com/doc/95223622/Healthy-Vending-in-Schools-HUMAN-Healthy-Vending-Case-Study-Tomball-High-School