Meet Your Park City Healthy Vending Expert & Social Entrepreneur
Why did you decide to join the HUMAN Healthy Vending family?
After living all over the country Mary and Jim settled in Park City, UT in order to enjoy the fantastic quality of life. Like most residents of a ski resort town, they take full advantage of the year-round outdoors activities that make the area so unique. Mary’s background is in public relations for the healthcare and grocery sectors. Jim is a former biathlon Olympic development coach and sales executive for the pharmaceutical and outdoor industries. The Palmers never thought much about vending until their young children started requesting quarters for the junk-laden vending machines around town. The glaring lack of nutritious food-on-the-go in their active community sent the Palmers on a path to merge health and convenience. In 2012 they aligned with Human Healthy Vending to pioneer healthy snack and drink vending in Northern Utah.
What do you like best about being a social entrepreneur in your community?
Utah is one of the fittest states in America and Summit County is comprised of health-conscious and active families living fast-paced lives. Between work, school, sports, and extracurricular activities we sometimes have to grab a quick energy-sustaining snack. Unfortunately, the wholesome foods that we all know we should be eating are not the options most readily available to us. The lack of healthful, accessible choices is what inspired us to partner with Human (which stands for “helping unite mankind and nutrition”). Our goal is to make nutritious food more convenient than junk food in this community. Joining the national backlash against the obesity crisis, we’re placing our healthy vending machines in schools, gyms, hospitals, and offices – completely free to the location. And because 10% of profits are donated to charitable organizations that fight obesity and malnutrition, every single vend is philanthropic.
What sets you apart from the “average” vending operator?
We realize that people want to lead healthy balanced lives. Food is intended for both pleasure and health and we’re passionate about taking Northern Utah in a healthier direction with our eco-friendly machines that only vend 100% natural and tasty snacks. Our selection of 5,000 snacks and beverages includes gluten-free and organic products, as well as many items meeting allergy and dietary requirements. We also source local products.
- Our machines use up to 50% less energy than traditional machines
- Our machines are credit and debit card friendly
- Larger capacity means that one of our machines can replace four traditional machines
- Conveyor belt technology means fewer mis-vends – no more coils snagging items
- Remote monitoring translates to better stocking and customer service
- Digital LCD screens attached to the machines offer health education and nutrition tips