Webster student Sabrina Jordan gets her lunch from a vending machine while fellow student Jessica Mercado waits in line behind her. Some students have questioned the placement of the vending machines, which are located in buildings where students are not permitted to eat. PHOTO BY ANAI GUTIERREZ
By Ashtyn Marshall
Some students at Webster Broadcasting and Digital Media Magnet School have wondered why vending machines are not in the cafeteria but are in the buildings where students are not allowed to eat.
Some students began to notice that it was really crowded around all of the vending machines.
The only time students can use the vending machines is during passing period, so not only are kids going to lunch, but they are also switching classes.
That sometimes causes traffic jams in the halls.
Cassie Hale, a senior this year at Webster, and Jackson Harrison, a sophomore, said the vending machines were in a “weird spot.”
“Considering we aren’t allowed to leave the cafeteria to get things out of the vending machines, I think they should move at least one set over to the cafeteria area,” Hale said.
She feels just one food machine and pop machine would do.
“I think it’s weird because the teachers are always like, ‘No food in class,’ and then right outside the classrooms are the vending machines,” Harrison said.
Hale also said Webster should have regular pop in the vending machines instead of diet.
On the other hand, Harrison thinks that if adults want students to have healthy drinks, instead of diet pop, maybe they could offer fruit juice or V-8.
Harrison said he wants to know why there are so few healthy foods, but adults want students to eat healthier.
Hale pointed out that during the passing period, students don’t have enough time to get anything, and they can’t eat in class anyway.
If they go to the machines nearest to the cafeteria, by the time they get their snack, they’ve wasted half their lunch, she said.
“Why are they put where they are?” Hale asked.
Dale Edwards, former assistant principal at Webster, said back in the 1970s and 1980s, the school used to have vending machines over by the cafeteria, but that was before Sodexo got the contract for the vending machines at Webster.
He said there were too many instances of vandalism and break-ins, so the machines had to be moved.
Edwards said that they can’t be located near the cafeteria now because it causes the lunch program to compete with the vending machines — “sort of a small calamity.”
Access to power was another factor, he said.
“They are located where they are because that’s where the electricity is,” Edwards said.
He also stated that having the pop machines gives more money to the school, so students don’t have to do as many fundraisers.