Vending Machine Dispenses Free Books to Children in Buffalo, NY

Child Reading a BookThese days, vending machines are capable of doing more than just keeping workplaces stocked with convenient, nutritious food options. From cars to clothing, you can find vending machines that dispense a wide variety of other products as well.

In Buffalo, New York, for example, one public elementary school is even using a vending machine to promote literacy among its young students.

At the Arthur O. Eve School of Distinction #61, students are receiving golden tokens that given them access to free books from a new vending machine that offers age-appropriate literature for children in Pre-K through 4th grade. Rather than giving out books as rewards for good behavior or attendance, every student at the school will have an opportunity to choose a book from the vending machine based on a monthly rotation. The students are then encouraged to take these books home and use them to start their very own libraries.

The book vending machine was funded by the Community Action Organization of Western New York, which purchased the machine for $2,000 and provided an additional $1,000 to fill it with books. Another local nonprofit organization called The Teacher’s Desk has offered to keep the machine stocked with books in the future.

“One of the biggest issues we have in this district is literacy,” said Buffalo School Board member Sharon Belton-Cottman in a recent interview. “If our children can read, they can survive.”

Thanks to the efforts of the dedicated educators in Buffalo, this vending machine will be providing treasured reading material to the students at PS 61 for years to come.

These Vending Machines Are Stocked With More Than Just Food

These Vending Machines Are Stocked With More Than Just FoodSnack foods, meals, coffee, drinks, and now books?

Yup it is true, there are now vending machines for books and this new initiative is to help get books in the hands of those who less fortunate and can benefit from the learning experience.

Random House Children’s Books and JetBlue Airlines partnered up in order help curb the literacy issues facing low-income neighborhoods across America, specifically in Washington D.C.

These special vending machines have a variety of storybooks, rotating selection restocked every two weeks, and there is no limit to how many a child can take.

So far these book vending machines received 100,00 books and have been sprinkled across other cities and in various locations including Salvation Army locations, churches, grocery stores, and more.

At Orsino Vending, we know the importance of stocking vending machines with healthy, organic and refreshing options.

Whether your employees need something to snack on or your school needs better drink options, we can help to satisfy your vending needs. We also take pride in the quality of our machines, in that if they become faulty or something doesn’t work, we will be there to repair them as soon as possible.

Would you like a free vending machine at your business or workplace? Contact us at (201) 871-9286 today to get your first vending machine started!