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Issue Date: Vol. 54, No. 9, September 2014, Posted On: 8/21/2014

Teachers Lounge Vending Machines Exempt From New Federal Snack Rules

by Staff Reporter
TAGS: vending machine rules in schools, schoolteacher lounges, Michelle Obama's healthy food policy, Education Action Group, Kyle Olsen, School Nutrition News, USDA school vending restrictions

MUSKEGON, MI -- Vending machines in schoolteacher lounges across the country are exempt from Michelle Obama's healthy food policy, according to the Education Action Group.

Kyle Olsen, who founded Michigan-based EAG in 2007, wrote: "Students are already revolting against the newly implemented school snack regulations that affect what is sold in vending machines. They will probably be equally upset to learn that the vending machine just across the hall -- in the teachers' lounge -- is exempt from the regulations."

In the spring 2014 issue of School Nutrition News, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction rationalized that school employees can continue to get candy bars and chips from the vending machine in the teachers lounge. They’re exempt from the new rules because "they aren’t accessible to students."

Olsen's observation about students revolting is referring to a recent article in the UK's Daily Mail Online, titled "'Thanks Michelle!' Disgusted teens across the country pose alongside new healthy vending machines in their schools to protest the removal of their favorite treats." | SEE STORY

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