The Healthy Vending program, from Horizon Software International, a food-service technology company, makes healthy foods such as fruits and vegetables available in vending machines and can track students' purchases so parents know what they're eating.

Another entry in healthy vending is DeliZone by VendSMARTT from S-L Technologies. According to the company, breakfast or lunch selections are automatically set up based on the time of day. A la carte selections are available at any time. S-L Technologies has been working to implement the program with administrators in the Corpus Christi Independent School District in Texas.

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