Chicago Park District Vending Machines Will Stock Healthier Snacks

As Chicago attempts to improve the food supply of its residents, one way in which the city is doing this is changing the snack foods available in Park District vending machines.

Children visiting the parks will have to say goodbye to some candy bars and fried potato chips as the healthier options replace traditional snack machines and become the new norm at Chicago Park District venues.

The healthier snack machines are part of a task force effort to reduce childhood obesity.So far, a vending machine company has installed 20 healthier snack machines inside of Chicago Park District facilities such as Humboldt Park. Almost 100 machines will be in field houses citywide by the end of the year.

The new machines contain snacks that are fewer than 100 calories. Also, at least one snack per machine will be gluten-free and peanut-free.

These issues are central to Roosevelt’s SUST 230 Food seminar, which has worked to develop local agriculture in Chicago neighborhoods to combat the spread of food deserts.  Our fall offering of the seminar is currently being taught by Carolyn Persoon downtown on Thursdays.  For information on enrolling in future semesters of this or any other of our courses, visit our Sustainability Studies website, call 1-877-277-5978 (1-877-APPLY RU) or email

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