KC leaders want healthier options at city vending machines

Posted at 3:52 PM, Feb 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-13 19:17:18-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — City leaders in Kansas City hope to improve vending machine options at all city buildings to give employees healthier options.

The proposed ordinance, "Healthy Vending Initiative," updates the current "Healthier Vending Policy" that was implemented in December of 2015. That resolution required that the city's vending guidelines be compatible with federal vending guidelines. 

The new ordinance would not change current guidelines. It would provide compliance support from the Health Department.

Councilwoman Heather Hall is a co-sponsor of the resolution.

"We're putting things in that people want to buy, maybe more than what are the actual guidelines that are being recommended," said Hall.

Some of the guidelines include making sure any snack foods are no more than 400 calories per item and no more than 35 percent of the total weight is from sugar.

"We're not telling people how to eat, we're just saying that when you come here, I want to make sure we give you healthy choices," said Hall.

Kansas City is the ninth largest employer in the region.