Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) - Students across the country, including right here in Western New York, will see vending machine candy bars replaced with whole grain snacks, fruits and vegetables.
Schools are being ordered to eliminate the sale of all junk food sold in schools during the day. This is all part of the school menu overhaul by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which already requires schools to offer low fat, whole grain lunch options. Now, they are targeting the vending machines.
The new guidelines point to a 2400 calories a day but some say that might not be enough for some students.
"The average child probably would do well with 2400 calories but an athlete would probably need about 28, 2900 calories per day," Nutritionist Karen Cangro said.
You don't have to look far to find an example of a school taking action. Orchard Park School District has already traded in their old vending machines for new, healthy ones.
Instead of Snickers Bars, students will find Nutrigrain Bars. Vitamin Water will replace Coke and Pepsi and other healthy food choices will be offered. School officials said their goal is to cut down on the amount of calories the students take in at school each day. They also want the students to learn to live an all-around healthy lifestyle.