In the ongoing debates over health and obesity in relation to vending, the latest discussion has targeted what food should be available to children in school. Since 2003, laws regarding school vending have evolved from mostly nonexistant to federal discussion. In 2013, the federal government passed a law creating standards for food sold in schools. Only healthy choices are allowed in vending machines, lunch menus, and school stores.
Recently, the Affordable Care Act has been revealed to have a clause requiring vending machines to post the calorie counts for its contents. Companies will be responsible for maintaining the list of calories by the machine in an effort to provide the public with information about what they are buying. The rules apply to over 10,000 companies that manage over 20 machines, most of those companies being small businesses with 3 or less employees.