ith a dense, diverse, and (seemingly always) hungry population, schools can be some of the best locations for a vending business. But be aware that special care must be taken when sourcing products. More than 2/3 of the average kid’s calories are consumed at school in the form of meals or snacks, so the options available to them have a huge impact on their overall health.
In June of 2013, the USDA announced the Smart Snacks in School initiative, new federal guidelines that limit the amount of calories, fat, sugar, and sodium in snacks sold in the more than 100,000 schools that participate in the National School Lunch Program.
Among the requirements is the mandate that all foods in school must be whole grain rich, meaning that 50% or more of the ingredients must be a whole grain (or whole grains must be the first ingredient listed), and snacks must be 200 calories or less.
Luckily, healthy vending businesses like make it easy for you to create a product mix that kids find delicious, and that meets these new guidelines.