Chicago’s Healthy Vending Challenge

According to a popular Girl Scout song, one should “make new friends, but keep the old [because] one is silver, the other is gold.” However, in Chicago, according to a new citywide vending challenge, the gold medal is awarded to companies who convert their current vending program to 100% healthy items.

After city council passed a healthy vending policy this last December, 40 percent of healthy VendWrap_mockup_opt3_L1vending machines have been installed at city buildings, with 35 percent left to go; the city’s goal being to have “at least 75 percent of food and drinks in the 300 vending machines found at city buildings, [to] have healthy, affordable options.”

In addition to city buildings, city council is asking local businesses to team up with their way of thought. If companies participate their vending machines will receive a ranking based on what percentage of their vending machines is stocked with healthy alternative (defined by the American Heart Association’s food procurement standards) items. The ranking is as follows:

Gold – 100% Healthy Options

Silver – 75% Healthy Options

Bronze – 50% Healthy Options

fresh wrapYour Chicago leader in vending service, Mark Vend is an advocate for healthy eating and a firm supporter of an overall healthy lifestyle, dedicated to offering healthy alternative snacks, beverages and meal options in our vending machines. That being said we also recognized:

  • The right to choose
  • The luxury of options
  • Dedicated team of employees

If you would like to be a part of Chicago’s citywide vending challenge call Mark Vend today at (847) 291-9216 and we’ll be happy to discuss a program that best fits your company’s wellness and vending needs. Regardless of which percentage tier you choose, we’ll do our best to make you feel like a winner and the champion of your office.

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