Salvation Army Vending Machine

The Salvation Army Vending Machine at the Center for Creative Communications, Centennial College urges Passersby to consider those less fortunate.

While most vending machines are filled with tempting treats like chips, candy and chocolate bars. This machine houses rotting fruit and half-eaten snacks, to disrupt everyday notions of choice and availability. It reminds passersby that although no one chooses to eat garbage, it’s an everyday reality for many.

Stephanie Nerlich, President, GREY Canada

Synthetic food waste is not dispensed from the machine, but staff and students have the option to donate money to the Salvation Army. The ultimate goal is to raise awareness that many go hungry and are reduced to eating waste. A donation to the Salvation Army helps provide healthy meals to those who need it most.

The Salvation Army’s vending machine asks student to consider how it feels when the freedom to choose what they eat is removed. Millions live in poverty, many reduced to eating what others see as garbage or waste. Help bring a healthy meal to someone in need and give hope and dignity back to those who need it most.

Nate Horowitz, Dean, Centre for Creative Communications at Centennial College
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYHOeDWPd2I

About Salvation Army

  • The Salvation Army is often credited with popularizing the doughnut in the United States. After it served doughnuts – often cooked in battle helmets – to U.S. troops in the field during World War I, many soldiers came back to the States hooked on the pastries. Doughnut consumption subsequently took off in the U.S. during the 1920’s and 1930’s. In 1938, The Salvation Army created National Doughnut Day, observed the first Friday of June, to honor the female Salvation Army officers – or “doughnut lassies” – who served the troops during the War.
  • In 2005, consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton selected The Salvation Army, along with the Rolling Stones, Oxford University and the Olympic Games, as among the world’s top-ten enduring institutions.

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