After spending years sitting in arenas and visiting schools and offices, Drew Smith realized that getting a snack on the run often meant junk food from a vending machine. "We'd be in a sports facility and the boys would want a pre-game snack.
The snacks with empty calories would give them a temporary boost, but they'd crash soon after. How can those be the only food choices we're offering athletes?"
The Oakville resident decided he wanted to become part of the solution and has launched Healthy Fresh Ontario Vending (healthyfresh.ca). The dual-temperature machines offer both food and cold drinks—each product chosen because it meets good nutritional guidelines but also passes the taste test.
The state-of-the-art machines feature a high-resolution LCD display that lists products as well as product information. "Part of our goal is to educate so that consumers can make better choices for their dietary needs," says Smith. "Our machines are high tech and extremely energy efficient. They even take smart-phone payments. We will deliver, service and stock the machines free of charge for qualifying businesses, sports facilities, government buildings, hospitals, schools and other locations. We even offer some profit sharing for schools, hospitals and nonprofits, and donate part of our net proceeds to the Canadian Diabetes Association. We are hoping to make a change in how people eat while helping the local community."