Mom develops healthy vending machines after child’s food allergies

Mom develops healthy vending machines after child’s food allergies

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by KATIE KILLEN / NBC Charlotte Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on February 4, 2013 at 7:16 AM

Updated Monday, Feb 4 at 9:43 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A Local mom starts her own vending machine business after becoming frustrated with her kids' snack choices. 

Myers Park resident Patti Moore is a distributer for Healthy Vending by HUMAN.  She's a stay at home mom to three kids and has eight machines across Charlotte. 

Moore says just a couple of years ago she thought she and her husband were eating healthy. 

"We would do low fat, low carb, you know whatever the latest trend was," she said.

However, when one of her daughters developed a food allergy, Moore started reading labels and it surprised here, "I mean high fructose corn syrup, transfats, just artificial coloring, flavoring. Just all kinds of preservatives," she said. 

The labels sparked an idea. 

"We had this revelation that wow, we really need to look closer in to the things we're eating and we can do better for our family and then it was sort of a greater purpose, you know, we can do better in Charlotte." 

Moore became a vender for healthy vending machines last August.  The machines sell  unprocessed snacks and they're a big hit at places like Levine Jewish Community Center. 

"The sugary choices for normal vending machines are just not appealing and you don't want to undo all the work," said one fan, Tamar Raucher. 

It's a choice  Moore is happy to provide.  "My kids will snack and that's OK.  It's okay for them to eat cookies, but if i can recognize a lot of the ingredients in the products they're eating, it makes me feel better."

If you're interested in learning more about the healthy vending machines, email Moore at patti.moore@healthyvending.com

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