Vending Machine Arrives on Campus
In the world of politics, lofty campaign promises are frequently made, but few are actually fulfilled. That's the not the case for members of the 2018–2019 High School Student Council. In campaign speeches delivered in September, Student Council candidates Ethan Kerr '21 and Joseph Membrino '20 pledged to bring a vending machine to campus and Gillian Garvey '19 spoke about wanting to improve and expand the food options at Landmark. The candidates, who were all elected, were responding to requests of students who said there weren't enough food options after school and during study hall. The Student Council delivered—and in an impressively short period of time. The new vending machine debuted in the entrance of Steamworks shortly after students returned from winter break.
A Variety of Healthy Options
The machine features a variety of mostly healthy snacks, from staples such as Sun Chips and Smartfood to more exotic fare, including grass-fed beef jerky, craft ramen, and pro-biotic oatmeal. The machine is refrigerated, allowing for the sale of yogurt and drinks, like seltzer and iced tea. Prices range from $1.00 (Goldfish) to $3.25 (Annie's Mac and Cheese).
Garvey, Student Council president; Membrino, vice president; and Kerr, treasurer, worked with Bill Barrett, head of the High School, and Jeff Fauci, assistant dean of students, in the fall to put their plan into action.
"We attended multiple meetings with the administration to propose our thoughts and ideas," the Council members said. "We have so far satisfied our peers’ wishes." The group needed to locate a vending company that would provide healthy snacks and require little effort on the part of the school. Berkshire Natural, which owns the machine and receives all of the profits from sales, electronically manages stock levels and refills the machine when inventory runs low.
Members of the Student Council are pleased with the offerings, as are students.
“I like the name brand snacks!,” said Ethan Townsend '19.
The machine accepts credit cards and cash and will soon take Apple pay. The machine is available to students after school until 8 p.m.