3 year commitment
With nearly five million vending machines and 1,000 member companies in the United States, the National Automatic Merchandising Association (NAMA) is bringing better-for-you offerings to consumers on the go everywhere.
NAMA has committed to pilot SNAP eligibility in vending machines and micro-markets. PHA and NAMA will jointly identify vending machines and/or micro-markets in five census tracts whose address (or address of building in nearest proximity) is located in a low-income and low-access census tract. Once identified, PHA will ensure that all of the offerings in the machine or micro-market meet its nutritional standards and NAMA will submit them for SNAP eligibility approval to the qualifying agency.
NAMA’s commitment will support PHA’s goal of adding 100 million additional servings of vegetables, fruits, and beans to the marketplace by 2025, which was announced alongside the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health on September 28, 2022.
In 2019, NAMA pledged to increase the percentage of healthier food beverage options to 33% over the course of 3 years, which represents a nearly 40% increase over current levels. The better-for-you options will meet at least two public health nutrition standards, ensuring that consumers will be have easy access to good food wherever they work, play, and live.
Founded in 1936, the National Automatic Merchandising Association is the association representing the $31 billion US convenience services industry. The convenience services industry consists of service operator companies meeting consumers nutrition and broader needs through vending, micro markets, coffee, tea, water and pantry services. Nearly 1,000 member companies — including many of the world’s most recognized brands. NAMA provides advocacy, education, and research for its membership. To learn more, visit www.namanow.org
One of the benefits of vending is that it is an around-the-clock, there for you all the time delivery system.