What Would You Like to See Sold in a Vending Machine?

The Johns Hopkins Hospital has a vending machine that’s stocked with bottles, pumps and other breastfeeding items for working mothers. Leave a comment to share what you’d like to see sold in a vending machine?

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Renee Moore August 13, 2014 at 8:11 am

Water, water and more water. Preferbly a water cooler. A healthy snack machine with friuts, nuts and yougurt and a chocolate option (like a Hershey kisses:o)


Tracy August 11, 2014 at 3:20 am

I would like to see a couple of Redbox machines


Cheri Wilkerson August 5, 2014 at 7:41 pm

It would be nice to have new vendors and new vending machines. This is the great Johns Hopkins!! maybe a quiznos, an option for fresh fruit and salads for night shift , a smoothie vending machine, a starbucks, etc. There really arent any options for night shifters. As we all could bring food from home, it would be nice to have options where we spend most of our time.


Regina Martin August 4, 2014 at 3:03 pm



Terri August 4, 2014 at 8:51 am

stamps, DVDs (such as Redbox), lottery scratch-offs.


Deb Constantineau August 4, 2014 at 8:28 am

Definitly refrigerated foods: salads, sandwiches, better snack alternatives. Also, hot foods & drinks. More than just the usual junk. We're Johns Hopkins - we should have better than average offerings.


Paul Schley August 4, 2014 at 7:32 am

A lot of people responding to this question suggested things that can be brought from home. Let's get rid of the unhealthy candy bars and soda machines and replace them with refrigerators, where possible.


Hershaw August 3, 2014 at 7:26 pm

Healthy Meal options and Coffee. It would be nice to have a coffee option for night shift.


Agnes August 3, 2014 at 6:15 pm

Basic OTC medication: e.g. Motrin, Pepto-Bismol, bandages, sterile wipes....


AR August 3, 2014 at 12:30 am

Healthier snack options! Possibly refrigerated vending machine


Helena August 2, 2014 at 11:44 pm

I would like to see a refrigerated vending machine, that carries fresh pre-made salads, sadwiches, fresh fruit, yogurt, etc. I work permanent nights, and there is not much open at night. One gets tired of the same thing all of the time.


Jamie August 2, 2014 at 4:05 pm

Redbox - DVDs
books - bestsellers (U of MD has a vending machine like this)


Ldot August 2, 2014 at 10:02 am

I would like to see fresh fruit, in a fridge vending machine. Also, yogurt and Starbucks frapp drinks in the vending machine.


LR August 1, 2014 at 10:02 pm

Please have a vending machine with over the counter remedies for the staff. Sometimes you've just got a headache and need some tylenol or Tums or something OTC!


Agnes August 3, 2014 at 6:16 pm

They will never be fresh!


sandra lee August 1, 2014 at 6:53 pm

i would like to see more healthy products in vending machines because the foods places at Hopkins are more geared to what people like (unhealthty foods) and only a few places where where you can find and select from a larger variety of healthy choices. Keeping our staff in good health increases productivity at work, less stress on employees and families, and reduces cost for Hopkins.Thats a win-win- situation for all!


bonnie jackson August 1, 2014 at 4:30 pm

I'd love to see extensive gluten free offerings!


Dara August 1, 2014 at 4:04 pm

funny that Hopkins has jumped on this (my) idea!
I posed this idea a while back and no one took the bait.
My careful with whose ideas you use


Bonnie C August 7, 2014 at 8:53 am

Happens all the time (especially with women) - an idea is posed, no one seems to pay attention, then WHAM! someone comes up with a GREAT IDEA! after some time has passed (and, hopefully, the person who first suggested it has faded from memory, so no one can recall it was your idea in the first place). This happened to me twice in my former job when I suggested ideas, and was shot down (not practical, too expensive, etc.) and then about 6 months later my boss was "inspired" to suggest something new. I called him out on it, and he just said, "hmm. was that what you were suggesting?"


Shirley P August 1, 2014 at 1:42 pm



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LA August 1, 2014 at 11:53 am

I would really like to have a self-serve post office kiosk. The hours for the current mail drop-off/stamps are very limited. The kind of kiosk I'm thinking of allows a package to be weighed and postage printed, individual stamps or books of stamps purchased, and packages/letters dropped off for mailing. This would not only provide 24 hour access, but also allow the use of a credit card for purchases, an option not available at the current location.


Chubby McGreggor August 1, 2014 at 11:36 am

Cheeseburgers, chocolate pretzels, fresh mac and cheese, slurpees, and fried mozzarella sticks.

And soy milk.

Oh, and single serving pizzas, corndogs, and popcorn - like at the ballpark.

It would be nice to have cotton candy and fried dough as well, but that may be tough. Raw dough would suffice.

Anything with high-fructose corn syrup is great, as long as it is low-carb.


Darlene T August 1, 2014 at 11:31 am

If we had a refrigerated vending machine that would be awesome. For those of us who live a plant-based lifestyle it would be great to have a healthy alternative to Coke and greasy chips. Perhaps, Veggies or crackers with hummus, veggies with dips, sliced apple packs, dried fruits or nuts, dehydrated apple or fruit chips, low sugar juice options, cups of peanut butter or almond butter with fruit or vegetables for dipping, pita chips and salsa, muffins, granola bars, energy bars, trail mixes, or roasted chickpeas.
Thank you for asking this question. This is a great opportunity to make a difference. 🙂


Shirley August 1, 2014 at 10:55 am

Place vending machines university and hospital wide that stocked up with healthy fresh food, water, no sugar added fruit and vegetable and reasonably priced. The number of these vending machines should be more or equal to the the number of vending machines that stocked up with all the junk food and sugar drinks. We have to practice what we preach, good health, and be a good role model for other institutions.


Bobbie August 1, 2014 at 10:41 am

Low carb snacks, fruit slices, low fat options, yogurt (lite), more water, and a free ICE MACHINE!! (vendors will not give ice, a drink must be purchased) Also premade meal options, like in the cafeteria on days or frozen entrees including low fat/carb/sodium options.
In looking at the current vendors, there are scant diabetic or low fat/sodium options once the cafeteria closes. Could the cafeteria be open on the weekends or thru the dinner hour with a limited weekend or dinner menu?
To be a hospital promoting good health and healthy choices, we should practice what we preach!


Bobbie August 1, 2014 at 6:46 pm

As for non food items, many hotels offer trial sizes of shampoo, deodorants, lotions, combs, brushes, tooth brushes, toothpaste, floss, stamps, sewing kit, feminine hygiene products,Tylenol, Advil, Aleve, Tums- basic things a traveler would need or forget. We could do the same. Also the reloadable Hopkins cards for the cafeteria/eateries in several denomination amounts.


Bonnie C August 1, 2014 at 10:31 am

It would be wonderful also to see a water dispenser (Deer Park?) with paper cups instead of bottled water (less waste, more recyclable & earth friendly).

While we're at it, can we ramp up our recycling efforts & initiate some recycling in places where it doesn't exist. We throw away a LOT of stuff that is harmful to the environment (either in terms of toxicity or that it's just trash not being handled properly). THANKS!


Linda August 1, 2014 at 9:14 am

I would like to see fresh fruits and veggies, along with greek yogurt, hummus or some kind of low fat dip. Also, more bottled water. No more unhealthy snacks like chips and candy.


Suzette August 1, 2014 at 9:07 am

Low carb and sugar free snacks and other food


Keisha Perrin August 1, 2014 at 9:03 am

I would like to see fresh fruit, similar to the pre-cut apple slices sold at subway. Cheese & crackers, yogurt, refrigerated smoothie drinks, *side note: Please add chic-fil-a as a vendor in the cafeteria. Flamers is very greasy and not good for you. I'd rather pay more for better food on the HISTORICAL SIDE!!!!!*


Janet Coleman August 1, 2014 at 8:55 am

I would like to have a vending machine for my office.
We would like low carb snacks, fruit, veggies, nuts etc.
Thank You


Amr Alsadek August 1, 2014 at 8:51 am

protein bars, or healthy bars. Bars with 20+ grams of protein please.


Mary W August 1, 2014 at 8:51 am

Some fruit and dips (peanut butter/ranch/carmel) such as sliced apples or veggies (carrots/celery/etc). Hummis snack with pita chips. Dried fruit snacks or low sugar fruit juices (apple/orange/grapefruit) or granola bars.


Bonnie C August 1, 2014 at 8:47 am

I like the idea of personal hygiene products (deodorants, toothbrushes, mouthwash, etc.) and dried fruits (even though we can buy the trail mix version of nuts & raisins a couple of places on campus), but I'd like to see that all expanded to some other OTC products such as ibuprofen/acetaminophen and/or antacids. When the cafeterias are closed, it's difficult to get bottled water and even a snack, so another venue for those things would be helpful.

Also, even though I no longer need them, feminine hygiene products (tampons, sanitary pads, etc.) and even feminine wipes or wash cloths would probably be appreciated. I don't know if these are sold anywhere on campus (I did see them at the Homewood campus, in the teaching buildings, when I took classes there many years ago).


Lana August 1, 2014 at 8:34 am

Lara bars, Kind bars, fresh fruits and veggies. No more artificial colors and artificial flavors (e.g. gatorade, goldfish, doritoes).


Stella Seal August 1, 2014 at 8:26 am

1. More low carb snack choices in food vending. Fresh fruits and or veggies would also be great.
2. Sundries such as deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, mouthwashes or rinses (all in trial size), sewing kits, hosiery (both male & female).
3. Pre-packaged meals, similar to the To-Go choices sold in the cafeteria in locations throughout the campus for those working when most food vending options are unavailable.


Janet August 1, 2014 at 8:12 am

Pantyhose, flat shoes and sewing kits. Mini irons to touch up those linen skirts would be nice, too.


Heidi August 1, 2014 at 8:04 am

strawberries and raspberries


Deborah Mcclary August 1, 2014 at 8:01 am

Frozen Yogurt would be nice


Jeff Lambert August 1, 2014 at 7:58 am

1. Beverages with containers that are certified free of Bisphenol-A
2. Every vending area that has beverage machines should have at least one source for water.
3. Sugar-free beverages sweetened without Aspartame, preferably Stevia, if not then Splenda.
4. Low-carb or No-carb snacks


Adriane August 1, 2014 at 7:45 am

I'd love to see more water and less Mountain Dew. There is a vending machine on my floor that has 10 rows of mountain dew and 1 row of water and the water is always sold out.


Nancy M Gallagher August 1, 2014 at 7:32 am

The lottery machine sounds good! I would like to see yogurt, health bars, bananas, and oranges.


Elizabeth Rodriguez August 1, 2014 at 7:32 am

Sugar free or low carb options!


tenille August 1, 2014 at 7:31 am

@the keswick site it would be nice to see packaged veggie and fruit options just something more than packaged cookies and other unhealthy snack foods. especially for us we have very sedentary lives here.


Amanda Miller August 1, 2014 at 7:20 am

I would also like to see a vending machine that has fresh fruit options. It also could include some other healthy snacks like greek yogurt, hummus, and precut vegetable sticks.


Erica Colbert August 1, 2014 at 2:32 am

I work at night so the choices are very limited. I would love if fresh fruit would be sold. Thank you.


Michelle Sullivan August 1, 2014 at 1:07 am

I would love to see trail size deodorants and toothbrushes.


Michelle Sullivan August 1, 2014 at 1:01 am

I would like to see lottery scratch offs. It would also be nice to have a lottery machine. This would keep us from goung out to other venues.


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