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    Mmm ... Bacon! Vending Machine a Hit on Ohio State University Campus
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    This Dec. 3, 2012, file photo, shows Smithfield Foods Inc. bacon on display for sale at a supermarket. Smithfield Foods Inc., the world's biggest pork processor, is sponsoring the OhioPork bacon vending machine on the OhioState campus through Dec. 13, 2018.

    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.

    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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