San Diego-based Fresh Healthy Vending International Inc., a vending franchisor focusing on healthful foods, has been awarded a 1.5 year contract to place snack and beverage choices in Minnesota’s largest school district.

As part of this agreement with the Anoka-Hennepin School District, Fresh Healthy Vending will also provide the school district with a Fresh grant, the company said. The grants are given to organizations and businesses willing to replace “junk food” machines with Fresh Healthy offerings.

According to Fresh Healthy, the partnership between Fresh Healthy Vending and Anoka-Hennepin is intended to align students’ snack and beverage vending machine choices with the federal regulations regarding “smart snacks” contained in the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010.

Franchisees Steve and Misty Paparella of Tasty and Healthy Vending have already begun placing machines in the district, which serves approximately 38,000 students in 24 elementary schools, six middle schools and five high schools, plus alternative middle and high school sites, the Fresh Healthy said.

The company says it has more than 200 active franchisees throughout the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and the Bahamas.