Recently, members of the Oklahoma AHA Advocacy and ANCHOR Team traveled to Tulsa to meet with Mike Spencer, food vendor for the Tulsa County Jail. Read on to learn more about what happened...
Recently, members of the Oklahoma AHA Advocacy and ANCHOR Team traveled to Tulsa to meet with Mike Spencer, food vendor for the Tulsa County Jail. In accordance with a federal law called the Randolph Shepard Act, blind vendors often staff most government facilities food services and vending machines. Mike is helping to lead the blind vendor’s coalition under the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services, and is attempting to implement more healthy options for both inmates and staff at the jail.
Staff spent time at the jail examining his machines and commissary to see what changes he has made to improve healthy options and what further options were available. Mike has been in the vending business for nearly 14 years in the Tulsa area, and introduced staff to other vendors at the Tulsa County Court building and the Tulsa location for state offices, both of which he has managed in the past. Other vendors in the area are very interested in healthy options as well. The AHA will be working with the blind vendors to provide trainings and resource materials that will aid with generating awareness and vested interest for implementing healthier options in their vending machines.
To learn more about HEALTHY VENDING in Oklahoma please contact Chancen.Flick@heart.org.