By Lynette Aslanian
On September 20, 2015, the long-lost vending machines returned to their usual spot underneath the choir room. The majority of students at LCHS were very excited with the new and improved vending machines. They have now been updated with a Credit Card payer and multiple new snacks to choose from. Updates included Skittles, Starburst, and there are more machines than previously. However, Gatorade and water are the only drinks to choose from, eliminating the Arizona Ice Tea and Welch’s fruit punch.
According to Mark Evans, Chief Business and Operations Officer for the district, the vending machines were brought back to lessen the lines in the cafeteria. Students at LCHS just wanted water and a snack, and the vending machines made it easier than having to go to the cafeteria. Also, teams who play over the weekends and students who stay late after school once again have access to buy food and water.
“Mrs. Kalb also worked with Mr. McFeat and me so we would have drinks available for many students who were heading to practices at the end of the day.” said Evans. “I asked Chartwells, our new Food Service company in the cafeteria to get me a proposal for vending machines.”
The company that Chartwells worked with was called Canteen. Once all the details were worked out, they made the decision to install the machines.
While many people appreciate the new additions, others are not happy with the new vending machines, especially with the high expenses.
“The gatorade is so overpriced. I thought it was going to be a full-sized bottle of gatorade and it was a little mini one for two bucks,” said sophomore Katie Scoville.
Fellow sophomore Faith Florez agreed, saying, “Well, my diet has been restored. But it’s so expensive.”
While some students are enjoying the vending machines despite the high prices, others are completely against the vending machines altogether.
“I feel that the re-installation of the vending machines was a mistake,” said junior David Richmond. “They promote an unhealthy lifestyle that inhibits the educational process. Many of the products in the vending machines are processed and contain little to no nutritional value. ‘Foods’ like this affect the clarity of students thinking and are not a sustainable energy source. The school should focus its efforts on providing more whole foods plant-based snacks that will provide a healthy source of energy that can carry students throughout their classes. Without real food, the epidemic of childhood obesity will only continue to grow.”
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