by Lisa Tome
Attention Cecil County High School students, those Doritos you are buying from the school vending machine are not the same that you buy elsewhere.
The ones available for $1 in the school vending machines have less fat and less sodium than those sold in stores.
The reduced fat, school version, has 130 calories per serving and 50 calories from fat. The regular version has 140 calories and 70 calories from fat.
The students and staff haven't noticed or don't care.
"They use it (vending machines) all the time. It gets filled two to three times per week. The kids don't complain. There's enough variety in the machines," said Rising Sun High School principal Charles Helm.
The school receives a percentage of the vending funds. The machines are serviced by a vending company.
Cecil County Public Schools has policies for physical activities, nutrition, and nutrition education. These policies were last reviewed five years ago.
They dictate everything about what food and drink can be sold at schools and when.
You can buy concessions at school events as long as the food which doesn't meet the nutritional guidelines is served at least a half hour after dismissal.
"We have it so they can't set up until 3:30," said Helm.
If students want a soda, they have to bring it from home.
There are Coke machines at Rising Sun High but the soft drinks are available only to faculty.