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Sacramento City Council Backs Off Healthy Vending Machine Requirements

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Sacramento City Council members are reluctantly allowing more junk food offerings into city-owned vending machines. The city struggled to find vendors willing to stock healthy food in the machines. 

The Sacramento City Council voted last night to back off its requirement that half of the options in city-owned machines be non-perishable healthy drinks or snacks.

Only one vendor was willing to abide by those terms.

So the city will instead require a quarter of food in vending machines to meet that requirement.

District 7 Councilmember Rick Jennings says he's concerned about about more unhealthy snacks going into vending machines.

He asked city staff to keep working with vendors to increase the amount of healthy food offered.

- Capital Public Radio Staff