Fort Lauderdale Vending Company Feeds More Kids during National School Lunch Week, October 9 – 13, 2017

“It’s just the beginning, there are kids who are eligible for reimbursable meals and looking for a good meal and working with our school partners, we’re going to make sure they get fed,” said Joe Gilbert, VP/GM of VE South, the parent company of Star Food Healthy Express.

In 2007 using a vending machine at public schools meant chips and candy. That’s when the team at Star Food went to government officials and decision makers and laid groundwork in 2007 that changed how vending could serve healthy, USDA compliant, reimbursable meals in schools across the country.

Today, a decade later, due in large part to the efforts of school nutritionists, parents, and the team at Star Food Healthy Express, more than 5 million reimbursable meals are being served each school year through more than 500 Star Food reimbursable meal vending machines.

In 36 states, and growing, it takes less than 20 seconds for a student to punch in their student number and receive a USDA compliant, multi-component meal, some designed by top Chefs. Star Food can serve free or reduced cost breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snacks – all managed by the foodservice professionals at the schools.

“It’s just the beginning, there are kids who are eligible for reimbursable meals and looking for a good meal and working with our school partners, we’re going to make sure they get fed,” said Joe Gilbert, VP/GM of VE South, the parent company of Star Food Healthy Express.

“Our experience with adding Star Food machines in cafeterias in our district was that many of the students who got their reimbursable meals from the machines were students who had not been coming to the cafeteria before. The increase in meals served was incremental right from the first day the machines…

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