Florence, S.C. Schools Find Vending Revenues Help Offset Budget Cuts

Vending machines in the Florence, S.C. school district’s three high schools — South Florence, West Florence and Wilson —bring in more than $40,000 a year, helping to buy classroom supplies, gift cards and other items, which the district finds useful during a period of budget cuts, according the board of trustees, as reported by News 13 in Florence, S.C. For the full story, click here

Editor’s Insight: The vending machines in this news report appear to carry a lot of “better for you” products and have graphics encouraging kids to stay healthy. At the same time, the machines have become a more important source of revenue for the district.

School districts nationwide are finding that vending machines are beneficial in their efforts to feed students nutritious food, despite continuous pressure to reduce highly caloric products. 09-22-11 By Elliot Maras