By CASSIDY MILLER
Cranberry High School’s vending machine was first donated to the school through a student project several years ago.
Throughout the years, it quickly became a student favorite, however, there have been many repairs that had to be made and no money to do it.
Last year, the machine finally broke for the last time and was taken away.
Food Service Director Kim Daugherty had planned to buy a new one over the summer, but with all of the construction on the new parking lot, a delivery truck was unable to make it to the school before the start of the year.
With so many other projects, Daugherty stated that, “It went on the back burner. I have other equipment that needs to be fixed.”
What goes into the vending machine must also meet federal regulations and health standards for schools, as well as Cranberry’s wellness policy.
Daugherty shared the same feelings, as many students do, that the vending machine was important, not only for students involved in after-school sports and activities, but also for students to have access to healthy foods throughout the day.
She did raise some concerns, however, that have been shared with her by faculty. Students are not permitted to leave class in order to get food from the vending machines without permission from a teacher, nor is it an excuse to be late to class.
Daugherty said, “I’ll put it at the top of my list!”
She has ordered a new machine, and it should be in the commons by the end of next week.
Cassidy Miller is a student at Cranberry High School and a member of Cranberry Chronicles, the school’s journalism/publications class.