By Caitlyn Crosby and Yocellin Quintero
In the McDonald County High school, we have three snack machines, one Ice-cream machine, two soda machines and three water, tea, and juice machines. In the vending machines, there are mostly junk food snacks. Although not many people complain about it, we do need to get more healthy items into our vending machines.
Our snack machine problem could have many possible solutions. We could add a new fruit and vegetable snack machine, which could include berries, melon, apple and other fruit slices, strawberries, oranges, mango, bananas, carrots, cucumbers, and so much more. We could also add healthier snack items to the vending machines we have now. These changes would definitely benefit our school because not everyone wants a bag of chips, or candy as a snack before or after lunch. It would also benefit our school because some people don’t have time to eat breakfast or don’t have the money to pay for the school breakfast or lunch, so they could just use a dollar to get a healthy snack.
Having healthier snack options or even having a fruit and snack machine would not only be good for students, but it would be great for the staff who also want a healthy snack throughout the day. So for all of these reasons we need to reform our school lunch programs. We need to get healthy items into the vending machines. Don’t take our word for it. Look at what other MCHS students are saying:
“I agree and disagree. I think having a fruit machine would be good because I love fruit, but also I think food in the vending machines now will be cheaper than the fruit because fruit is more expensive.” – Carol Ocampo
“I think we should add healthier things for the people in our school with health issues like diabetes and high blood pressure, and by doing that, it could also prevent those things.” -Amy Montoya