Bring back the snacks! Food, drinks set for a return to Burlington rec centres


Published November 7, 2023 at 2:31 pm

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Snacks could soon return to Burlington facilities.

Vending machines with food and drinks may soon be available at some arenas and community centres in Burlington.

The move, which still needs final approval, follows demands by Burlington residents to bring the snacks back after machines were removed from city-operated facilities during the pandemic.

If Burlington follows through with the plan, vending machines will re-appear at some sites while the City evaluates a long-term solution to satisfy hungry hockey players and other facility users. Items will include a variety of “grab-and-go” snacks that can be adjusted based on customer demand.

The pilot project will see the City purchase the machines which could generate about $10,000 in revenue during the first year of operation.

A report presented to a City committee recently indicated that groups who frequent arenas and other buildings weren’t happy with the removal of food and beverage services in the facilities. A follow-up survey found “overwhelming support” to reintroduce the vending machines.

In 2020 Burlington removed the vending machines in response to concerns surrounding the spread of COVID-19 but this was precipitated by the failure of a campaign that saw only “healthy choices” stocked in the machines and the elimination of plastic drinking bottles.




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