La Cañada, CA
One of the best things that has happened to the YMCA-Cañada/Crescenta since we opened was having a Fresh Healthy Vending machine installed at our location.
We have had an overwhelmingly positive response from the kids, parents, and staff alike. It has been so popular that we have had to install a second machine recently.
The fresh, healthy products taste great and we’ve been provided with great service by our operator who is in here practically every few days filling up the machines.
In the fall of 2010 we began to examine alternatives to the soda and snack vending machines that had been here at our YMCA for years. It was our goal to offer our members a convenient way to make healthier snack options and hopefully at the same time increase our vending revenue. Fresh Healthy Vending has succeeded on all counts.
Convenience & ease of operation: With a single phone call and a few emails we were on our way to hosting our new machines. The local franchise operator met with me in advance and since has been very responsive. The machines themselves are easy for members to operate and accept credit cards directly.
Healthier options: Our Fitness Director describes herself as a “health food nut” and she observes that the machine has the same products that are in her home. The variety of products is nice and there is something for everyone (not just the health food nut). My own 4-year-old son always wants to get something from the machine (even when I pack a snack) and there is always something that he likes and it’s not junk.
Increase our vending revenue: Not only is the percentage of revenue share better than we were receiving with our previous machines, but our sales have increased. Our YMCA members are generally health seekers that are trying to make healthier choices and Fresh Healthy Vending has really resonated with them.
The YMCA has as one of its areas of focus “For Healthy Living.” Fresh Healthy Vending is a simple way to move closer to putting that statement into practice.
Brea Community Center
Renee Talbot, Manager
Families are enjoying the Fresh Healthy Vending machine so much that we have to restock the machine every few days. Everyone that comes into our center is attracted to the machine. I have had many parents comment on how happy they are because we have given them and their families and opportunity to eat healthy foods.
We are encouraging healthy choices to all of our members, guests and employees. It is also part of the new Y logo mission.
Davis Athletic Club
Ryan Beede, Owner
We introduced Healthy Vending at Davis Athletic Club and it has been enormously successful. Our club members love this machine and we want to add a second machine to be placed at our Club within the next 30 days. All health and fitness clubs in the U.S. should offer healthy vending in order to “practice what they preach!”
Billings Family YMCA
Tina Postel, CEO
Our members like having alternatives to unhealthy soda and chips. Kids beg parents for anything out of the machine and this gives parents better options.
At the Billings Family YMCA we have strict standards for which foods qualify as fresh and healthy. Our franchisee was receptive to working with our YMCA dietician to establish clear guidelines for which items could and could not be sold in the machines.
One of our key areas of focus is Healthy Living. Healthy Living must include healthy eating habits in addition to exercise. Many of our families here at the YMCA have crazy, hectic schedules and often eat and snack on the go. A majority of quick snacks often include unnecessary sugars, saturated fats and artificial ingredients. We were happy to partner with Fresh Healthy Vending to provide better alternatives for those families on the go.