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Media contact: Laura Phillips Bennett
Release date: October 31, 2014
Fort Lauderdale --- A new report says that more than 1 million fewer students are taking advantage of school lunches each day, while more students nationwide are eligible for what is known as free or reduced price reimbursable meals. It’s a growing issue and one under great debate with a Congressional review and vote pending next year.
Reimbursable meals are served to the students in public schools and the cost is billed back to the federal government. School lunch programs are regulated by the US Department of Agriculture and require fruits, vegetables and whole grains while limiting sodium, fat, sugar and calories.
“It’s a struggle to get kids to eat,” said Dianne Pratt-Heavner School Nutrition Association, in a recent interview with a Cox Washington journalist.
“For more than eight years, a vending machine solution has been in place and is up and running across our country, serving healthy and appealing reimbursable meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner depending on the school requirements,” said Joe Gilbert, GM and Vice President of VE South, creator of Star Food Healthy Express for reimbursable meal vending.
Breakfast items, like those in the Star Food machine above, proved to be popular before school according to school administrators.
“We have Star Food vending machines in 29 of the largest states. School nutritionists are creative and are working with local chefs and their own foodservice teams to design meals that are in full compliance while still being popular with the kids. They load the vending machines and their sales go straight up.”
“When cafeteria revenue goes up it means students are being fed, and school nutritionists are solving a tough problem of too little time and money.”
“Today’s kids are savvy. They compare their school meals to what is available in restaurants as well as what they eat at home,” said Gilbert.
“The trends for restaurants will show up in schools too. Right now technology for ordering and serving in restaurants is reshaping the industry, and this will continue at the school level more and more in the years ahead. The popularity and success of Star Food Healthy Express machines in schools across the US proves that kids like vending, like high tech options and will eat lunch when they have a way to get it.”
Star Food Healthy Express/VE South are based in Fort Lauderdale Florida at 4800 NW 15th Avenue, Suite B, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309. Contact information: 877-857-3663 x1 and www.starfoodhealthyexpress.com.