New vending machine offers full meals to students
What was the Spanish Fork mayor doing at Spanish Fork High School recently? Spanish Fork Mayor Steve Leifson and Councilman Rod Dart were eating breakfast from the brand new vending machine. This new vending machine is one of only three in the entire state of Utah that serves high school students. The Utah Dairy Council and the NFL, as part of the Fuel Up to Play 60 program, have provided the machine to serve Spanish Fork High School students.
This new vending machine provides full refrigerated meals to students. Other vending machines provide small granola bars or fruit juice; this machine provides a complete, nutritionally balanced meal to students. Delicious sandwiches, wraps, salads and yogurt fruit parfaits are offered every day. To provide more variety to students, the meals offered in this machine are different from the daily cafeteria options.
Students are very busy, especially during their lunch break. This new vending machine offers a nutritious fast “grab and go” option to students. Students do not need to enter the cafeteria to purchase a full meal. This can cut down on congestion or wait time while offering a complete nutritionally balanced meal. Also, students who have missed a regular lunch service or did not have a chance to get a meal while off campus can access the machine after the lunch hour.
One of the most popular items offered in the vending machine is a fruit and yogurt parfait. Delicious low fat vanilla yogurt is layered with 100 percent fruit puree and topped with a crunchy oat and toasted almond granola. In just the first few days of operation, the parfait’s sales increased over 300 percent.
To purchase a meal, a student will enter their student ID number and birthday into a keypad. Any student who qualifies for a free or reduced meal will enter their number and be able to access a meal for the qualified price. After the number is entered, the student can choose from the offered selection. After a student makes their selection, a small automatic door opens for 17-20 seconds and they can pull out a meal from a small refrigerated compartment.
You’ll love our fresh approach to nutritious food. Nebo School District works hard to provide delicious options that are also nutritious. When it comes to nutrition, Nebo School District turns to their resident nutrition expert, their dietetic intern. The current intern is Michelle Anderson. She graduated with her bachelor’s of science degree in dietetics from Brigham Young University and is currently enrolled in Utah State University’s dietetic internship program. Anderson is preparing to become a Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist. Dietetic interns have studied everything from anatomy, physiology and nutritional biochemistry to food service operations and cognitive behavioral therapy. This academic preparation helps enable RDNs to understand nutrition not only from a thorough scientific perspective, but also from a realistic perspective to implement nutritional changes that are feasible for the public and institutions. Dietetic interns spend over 1,000 hours working in supervised rotations to better understand and apply their knowledge to the public.
The current intern Michelle Anderson is able to lend a science-based nutrition perspective to food service operations and menu items. Anderson works in conjunction with the experienced and talented Nebo School District Food Service Department including Bill Vest (food service director), Angie Allphin (free and reduced technician), Camille Canto (food service coordinator) and Lori Catmull (food service coordinator). The meals in the new vending machine are rich in whole grains and lean protein and offer fruits and vegetables while also limiting saturated fat and sodium.
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