Vend Natural, Inc. Launches Fresh Fruit and Vegetables and Organic Vending Pilot Program in Miami-Dade County Schools

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America's leading healthy snacking company - Vend Natural, Inc. - launches healthy snacking pilot at 23 schools in Miami-Dade County Public Schools, reflecting a national trend to address childhood obesity. As part of a larger wellness initiative, Vend Natural and Miami-Dade Schools wll offer fresh cut fruits, vegetables and organic and healthy snacks and beverages.

“We know that healthy diets contribute to healthy minds and healthy minds learn better,” said Penny Parham, Administrative Director, Department of Food and Nutrition with Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

Vend Natural, Inc. (“Vend Natural”), America’s leading healthy vending company offering all natural and organic snacks, beverages and fresh cut fruit and vegetables, today announced the expansion of its operations in Miami-Dade County, Florida, reflecting a growing national trend towards healthier living.

As part of a wellness initiative, Miami-Dade County Public Schools selected Vend Natural and its distribution partner Woodstock Natural (based in Woodstock, New York) to provide fresh fruits and vegetables and organic snacks and beverages in its innovative machines in 23 middle and high schools in Miami-Dade County schools. The machines provide the students and school community with access to a wide array of Del Monte fresh cut fruits and vegetables and healthy and organic snacks and milk.
Vend Natural, founded by company President Gil Sanchez, was formed to address the declining health of our nation by providing healthier snacking alternatives to on-the-go individuals at schools, hospitals and businesses. The company’s mission is to support improved eating practices by offering healthy products that are easily accessible and affordable to everyone.

“We know that healthy diets contribute to healthy minds and healthy minds learn better,” said Penny Parham, Administrative Director, Department of Food and Nutrition with Miami-Dade County Public Schools. “Our county is leading the way in ensuring that our students have access to fresh fruits and vegetables and healthy snacking alternatives, and Vend Natural’s program was a perfect fit," said Parham. “Our students love the machines and the healthy choices.”

Vend Natural President Gil Sanchez says, “We are pleased to partner with Miami-Dade County Public Schools to transform how students and the broader school community think about snacking and vending.” “Our environmentally friendly machines and low carbon footprint business also makes good business sense,” said Sanchez.

Vend Natural’s state-of-the-art machines offer a market-customized assortment of natural and organic snacks and beverages. Always looking to provide the healthiest options possible, Vend Natural recently announced an agreement with Del Monte Fresh Produce to offer an assortment of Del Monte's fresh-cut fruits and vegetables in its machines as well. Vend Natural is committed to environmental sustainability by ensuring its machines operate at the highest level of energy efficiency as they are made largely from recycled metals; operate with energy efficient LED lighting; are constructed with triple-pane glass and extraordinary insulation for the highest level of refrigeration integrity.

About Vend Natural, Inc.
Vend Natural, Inc., based in Ventura, California and Annapolis, Maryland, was inspired by the vision of helping to transform eating patterns by providing healthy snacking alternatives in convenient vending locations across America. Specializing in placements in schools, hospitals and businesses, Vend Natural, Inc. currently operates more than 350 machines in 20 states with plans for significant growth over the next several years. The company is known for its innovative and environmentally-sensitive vending machine design offering state-of-the art, dual temperature-zoned, energy efficient machines that hold a large variety of both natural and organic snacks and beverages. Vend Natural, Inc. is also known for its fresh, bright, signature machine graphics featuring large, appealing illustrations of grapes, raspberries and its tag line, “Energize Your Body.” For more information, visit


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