August 3, 2017
Breaking news coming out of Prince George’s County—County Executive Rushern L. Baker III has signed a bill aimed at expanding access to healthier foods and beverages in vending machines on County property! This comes after County Council unanimously passed the healthy vending law on July 18th.
Vending machines at Prince George’s County public property, such as libraries and agency buildings, will be required to offer healthier snack and beverage options, with packaged food and drinks that are lower in saturated fat, sodium, and sugar.
The new law requires that at least half the offerings in vending machines meet the full healthy nutritional standards and 100% will meet the sodium and trans fat standards. These healthier offerings must be less than 200 calories per package. While 50% of beverages must be water, milk, 100% juice, or beverages with fewer than 40 calories per serving. Additionally, these products will cost the same or less than the junk food and sugary drinks that are sold from the machines, and must be arranged within the machine in places with the highest selling potential.
As Prince George’s County has joined Montgomery County, Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, and Washington D.C., approximately 2.7 million residents are covered by healthy vending laws in the Greater Washington Region!
Join us in congratulating Sugar Free Kids Maryland, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Diabetes Association, Kaiser Permanente, and the American Heart Association in their work to bring healthier food and drink options to Prince George’s County!