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Poverty-Alleviating Vending Machines

The Automatic Food Dispenser Initiative Serves Poor Areas

— March 27, 2015 — Social Good
In an effort to provide food staples and some economic fairness, the Algramo project is installing automatic food dispenser machines in Latin America. The food vending machines specifically serve impoverished communities affected by small format punishment -- when a neighborhood can't afford a big grocery store with discounted prices due to its smaller size and lack of market importance. The shops in these areas carry products that are up to 40% more expensive than food prices compared to wealthier locations.

An Algramo automatic food dispenser is stocked with items like rice, lentils, beans and chick peas at a significantly lower cost. The food is also dispensed according to weight, so families can be sure to receive the exact amount they need or can afford. The social enterprise uses minimal packaging as well, by encouraging customers to reuse containers.
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