Westfield State University Launches Pilot of College Dorm Essentials Vending Machines

College vending machine startup Momba aims to improve university residents' quality of life and to make education more accessible by supporting host schools' financial aid programs.

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Westfield State University prepares for the launch of its pilot with college vending social venture Momba with promotions on lighted billboards around WSU's campus.

We’re always looking for ways to provide greater convenience, safety and amenities for our [WSU] residents. Momba addresses all of these priorities, offering ready access to a variety of frequently needed items without having to leave campus.

Westfield, Massachusetts (PRWEB) November 16, 2012

Today Westfield State University launched a pilot of “dorm essentials” vending machines in three of its dormitories – Scanlon Hall, Dickinson Hall and Davis Hall – with startup social venture Momba.

With downtown Westfield over two miles away, buying items like toiletries can be daunting for students, especially freshman, who are not allowed to keep cars on campus. Momba’s non-traditional, customized vending machines also serve items like laundry detergent and phone chargers, and will introduce new products based on students’ feedback, said Momba CEO and founder Steven Duque.

“We’re always looking for ways to provide greater convenience, safety and amenities for our residents,” said Jon Conlogue, Westfield State University’s Executive Director of Residential Services and Campus Life. “Momba addresses all of these priorities, offering ready access to a variety of frequently needed items without having to leave campus.”

Beyond vending dorm essentials, Momba also pledges no less than 10 percent of profits from machines on Westfield State University’s campus to the school’s financial aid program.

Westfield State University VP of Student Affairs Carlton Pickron said, “I’m impressed with Momba’s commitment to support students’ pursuit of higher education by giving a portion of their profits back to host schools’ financial aid programs. This financial commitment could become significant for our students, since approximately 83% of them receive some sort of financial aid from state, federal and university scholarships.”

Westfield State University’s Momba machines will accept payment by Owlbucks, credit and debit cards, and cash. Westfield State University is the second school to pilot Momba vending machines on its campus, after Harvard University.

“Thanks, Momba,” said Pickron, “for reaching out to Westfield State University to be the second school to pilot this program, which provides the service of a convenience store with vending machines.”

MOMBA’S MISSION:

Momba's primary mission is to give students the things they need where they live, whenever they need them. Momba gives back a significant portion of its profits to host schools' financial aid programs. Momba also offers student social entrepreneurs opportunities to make good money while making a positive impact on their immediate communities.