Texas school to implement healthy vending program

by Eric Schroeder
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CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS — The Corpus Christi Independent School District has teamed up with SL-Tech to develop Deli Zone by VendSMARTT — an innovative healthy vending program for schools expected to provide more nutritious breakfast, lunch and snack options for students.

Student focus groups and taste panels were held to determine what foods and beverages would be most popular for vending, while menus were written and analyzed using government-approved nutrition software. All product offerings were evaluated for compliance with the Texas Public Schools Nutrition Policy, one of the strictest in the nation.

"The vending machine has dual temperature capabilities so that beverages can be kept colder than food items, and the elevator tray ensures foods are gently delivered to the students," said Chip Goodman, chief executive officer of SL-Tech. The district will use its existing food service software to track meals and revenues.

The program will be tested this summer at Carroll High School in Corpus Christi.

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