Healthy Snack Options Fill New UWinnipeg Vending Machines

University of Winnipeg Vending Machine
New vending machines to appear at the University of Winnipeg, providing healthy-eating options for students and staff. (HANDOUT)

Healthy-eating options for when that snack craving bites will be available at the University of Winnipeg beginning December 1.

The university has chosen locally-owned Park Avenue Vending & Coffee to install 23 new machines on campus, filled with nutritional eating options.

The high tech machines are the first of its kind in Canada and allows for display of UWinnipeg’s live Twitter feed and promotion of events.

“People are increasingly aware of what they are consuming and being able to provide more detailed nutritional information fits well with our growing number of healthy campus initiatives,” said Dr. Annette Trimbee, president and vice-chancellor of UWinnipeg.

The machines will stock gluten free and low sodium products, fair trade coffee, granola bars, fruit cups, trail mix, and hummus and crackers. Those still craving the standard chips and chocolate bars will still have access to those treats as well.

The machines are also more sustainable, outfitted with LED lighting and motion sensors to conserve power when not in use. The machines initially accept cash but will be equipped going forward to accept credit cards and virtual wallet technologies.

— Staff