The District of Columbia City Council this week overrode Mayor Vincent Gray’s veto of the 2015 budget, which includes a directive for the issuance of “healthy food and beverage standards” for vending machine and other concession offerings sold or served on District government property.

Encouraging fare that includes fruits, vegetables and other offerings low in calories and sodium, the Workplace Wellness Emergency Act of 2014 standards will “apply to foods and beverages purchased or served by District agencies, including at meetings, events, in vending machines, and through on-site vendors, with the exception of food served by the Department of Corrections and the Department of Behavioral Health to persons who reside at their institutions or are in their direct custody.”

The council also reportedly approved a proposal to prohibit polystyrene foam food and beverage containers beginning in 2016; meat trays will be exempt from the ban. See The Washington Post, July 14, 2014.