Anonymous students running “The BHS Pop Shop” started selling pop and candy bars for $1 out of a locker just two weeks ago. The shop was created to not only make some money, but to offer more beverage and snack options to students that school lunch does not offer.
In 2010, Barack Obama signed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act that his wife, Michelle Obama, initiated through her Let’s Move! campaign. This act made school lunches health-orientated, and eliminated high sugar and high sodium foods. Due to this, the school is not allowed to offer unhealthy snacks and beverages such as pop and candy during school hours. Because of this, the people behind the Pop Shop wished to remain anonymous.
“The lunch options are pretty bad here,” said one of the students running the Pop Shop. “Like Diet Snapple, no one even drinks diet anything. Unless you’re like old, but we’re all young kids.”
Despite the fact that students have to pay with their own money, the vending machines are not allowed to operate during school hours due to the nutrition value of the snacks.
“The vending machines don’t even work, right?” said one of the people behind the shop. “They’re just so bad.”
The Pop Shop offers sugary drinks such as Mountain Dew, Coke, Cherry Pepsi, Root beer, Sprite, Dr. Pepper, and others. However, they have been expanding their company.
“When we started selling candy bars, we almost sold out the first day. We got a lot of sales out of that. But they like it, and so we’re gonna keep adding more options, new bars, keep expanding. I’m excited, there’s lots to come,” said an anonymous Pop Shop owner.
In addition to candy bars (Snickers, Twix, 3 Musketeers, and Milky Way), they now offer two liter pop bottles, Airheads, Skittles, and Starbursts. As the Pop Shop continues to grow and expand, they are keeping a goal for the future in mind.
“We hope to have at least one thousand followers by the end of the year,” they said. “We’re going for popularity, so once everybody knows about our shop, they can just spontaneously buy a pop.”