Mmm … Bacon! Vending machine a hit on Ohio State U campus

This Dec. 7, 2018 photo shows Ohio State University sophomore Nick Vales buys a package of bacon slices from a vending machine available on the Columbus campus. –The Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Many Ohio State University students are taking a break from studying for final exams by making a bacon run.

Senior Sarah Page, who studies meat science, says the bacon vending machine at the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences has turned out to be even more popular than expected. It has to be restocked four or five times a day. It offers cooked bacon strips and bacon bits for $1.

Proceeds will benefit the meat science program. Members of the program are responsible for the bacon machine operation on the Columbus campus.

The Ohio Pork Council sponsored the machine, with bacon donations from Smithfield, Hormel and Sugardale.

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The machine will remain on campus through Dec. 13.

Pre-dental student Shay Merritte loves “the overall Ohioness of it.”

And the bacon.

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