CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Patti Moore knows a thing or two about snacks on the go.
“Kids snacks, it’s common knowledge. I have three kids of my own,” said Moore. “I know when they see food, they want it.”
And up until a couple of years ago, the North Carolina mother and her husband thought they were eating healthy.
“We would do low fat, low carb, you know, whatever the latest trend was,” she said.
When her daughter developed a food allergy, Moore started reading labels.
“I mean high fructose corn syrup, transfats, just artificial coloring, flavoring - just all kinds of preservatives,” said Moore.
And that sparked an idea.
“We had this revelation that wow, we really need to look closer in to the things we’re eating and we can do better for our family,” she said. “Then it was sort of a greater purpose…We can do better in Charlotte.”
Moore became a vendor for Human Healthy Vending.
“I mean how often do you find a product that has two ingredients? There are cashews and dates. That’s it!” she said.
The machines sell popular unprocessed snacks.
“The sugary choices for normal vending machines are just not appealing and you don’t want to undo all the work,” said Tamar Raucher, who likes the healthy vending snacks.
It’s a win-win situation:
“My kids will snack and that’s ok,” said Moore. “It’s okay for them to eat cookies, but if I can recognize a lot of the ingredients in the products they’re eating, it makes me feel better.”
There are several Human Healthy Vending machines in Western Washington, including 13 at Overlake Hospital, two schools in Tacoma (Charles Wright Academy and Franklin Pierce High School) and three schools in Lakewood (Lochburn Middle School, Iva Alice Mann Middle School and AG Hudtloff Middle School).