Vending machines for and against
Many schools with large numbers or a large school area find a vending machine works for them. It frees up the canteen line from single purchases and can increase purchasing if students have long walks to the canteen. If done right it can work for high volume schools.
You will need to decide if you are going to lease or buy a machine or let someone else put one in and give you a percentage.
If you can afford to buy one, then buy one and keep the profits yourself. If you can afford to wait, go for a grant to pay for them. They cost about 2k for a second hand one and up to 8k for a new one.
You can even get hot and cold machines!
If you purchase or lease remember you will need staff to fill it and have a safe path to wheel the goods to it.
If all you do is allow someone else to place it on the grounds then be aware you may lose control of pricing. Be mindful right from the start on what products they can and can’t sell on school grounds.
Other things to consider
It needs to be secure at night or weekends
Does it have EFTPOS?
How will it be restocked?
Who fixes it if there is a problem?
Will it only be open at certain times?
What types of drinks or foods will be in it for sale?
Don’t have different prices for the same items in vending machine that are at the canteen
If you have one for staff with red items it should be out of view of students