updated 9/28/2010 2:17:02 PM ET 2010-09-28T18:17:02

SAN DIEGO, Sept. 28, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Fresh Healthy Vending, the national leader in healthy vending machines, announced the launch of a new grant program to reward schools for providing healthy food options to students. The Fresh Healthy Vending instant grants program offers a substantial 15% commission on net vending machine food sales as well as a generous location signing bonus of up to $500 per machine. Schools interested in joining the grant program can register and get additional information by visiting the company's "schools" website:

http://schools.freshvending.com

With the recent start of the new school year as well as the exciting changes pending in school nutrition, Fresh Healthy Vending has maintained a rigorous focus on schools. The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 will enact sweeping changes in the regulations that govern school vending machines including the implementation of stringent federal nutritional standards. Fresh Healthy Vending is the only vending company that offers menus tailored to meet the school nutritional requirements in all 50 states, making their healthy vending machines a desirable option for schools looking for a turnkey solution for compliance with the new laws. According to CEO Jolly Backer, the company's focus on schools is part of an ongoing commitment to battling childhood obesity:

"Across the country, people are realizing that it is time to act and fight back against the epidemic of obesity in schools. That is why Fresh Healthy Vending has a policy of giving priority placement to schools and educational facilities in all of our territories. As we open new territories, we receive dozens of requests for machines in many great locations such as health clubs, hospitals and offices. I truly wish we could fill them all, but it is our responsibility to give schools and children access to healthy drinks and snacks first and foremost. Because of this commitment, the majority of our machines will be placed in schools for the foreseeable future."

The company has designed the Fresh Healthy Vending schools website with the goal of simplifying schools' access to healthy vending. Through the site, school representatives have access to compelling video presentations about school health issues as well as further information about a variety of programs such as Michelle Obama's "Let's Move!" initiative and Fresh Healthy Vending's school grant program. Officials can also design their own menu using the comprehensive school product list which includes the nutrition facts of each item based on nutrition requirements for each state.

Schools can easily apply for the program at http://schools.freshvending.com/

About Fresh Healthy Vending:

Fresh Healthy Vending is the nation's largest Healthy Vending operator and Franchise. The company's business model combines state of the art equipment, location procurement services, healthy products distribution and comprehensive marketing support for franchisees. Under the leadership of vending industry veteran CEO Jolly S. Backer, Fresh Healthy Vending is particularly well positioned for growth and continued success in the healthy vending market nationwide.

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