Illinois Lawmaker Pushes For Healthier Options In Rest Stop Vending Machines

Feb. 23, 2015

Illinois State Representative Don Moffitt (R-Gilson) is advocating for the addition of healthy snack items in vending machines at rest stops along state highways. KWQC-TV 6 reported that the lawmaker has introduced a bill calling on the Illinois Department of Transportation to add at least three healthy snacks for every ten items in the vending machines. If the bill becomes law, it would require that two of the three healthy snack items come from Illinois and all of the healthy items would need to contain fewer than 220 calories.

This idea is similarly in place in other states. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a plan in 2014 with the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, the New York State Commission for the Blind and the New York State Department of Transportation to sell New York food products in vending machines at rest stops across the state.