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Top Food Fundraising Ideas for Schools
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Questions About Food Fundraisers
Sell popular food products that people already know and love. You can sell candy and chocolate, or items like cookie dough and frozen food.
If your fundraising product meets your school district's required nutritional guidelines, you can sell competitive foods during school. Original Beef Jerky is one example that is approved. Groups may only be able to sell some foods before or after school or off campus.
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Consider selling lollipops, candy bars, or pretzel rods. These products sell quickly and sell for $1 each.
Selling food online removes the need for order forms, money collection, and group deliveries.
Food fundraisers yield some of the most impressive results. Especially when matched with good planning and dedicated efforts. When you think back to selling as a kid, there’s a reason why it was always candy bars, cookie dough or pies.
Now, there are so many other options, like cinnamon rolls and pizzas! It all depends on what makes the most sense for your audience and goals.
So you're interested in fundraising with food. But first, let's ask the most important question, "Why are you raising money?" If you’re sending your team to a tournament, try offering snack food for games and bus rides. Opportunities like these would be ideal for item-in-hand fundraisers.
You can physically carry the item you’re selling for immediate buyer enjoyment. For example, beef jerky or pretzel rods. These provide the instant gratification of a delicious snack or treat.
Or maybe you're raising money for something non-food related. Like school supplies and new textbooks. This might be where you sell out of a brochure.
Catalogs give you more time to talk, connect, and sell, because the item is not there to explain itself. You can talk with friends and family about items in our Auntie Anne’s® and Cinnabon® catalog. Bring the thought of novelty items right into their kitchen.
People may already know the brands well. But to sell what they’re used to seeing in a mall, you’ll want some face-to-face interaction. This also gives you the opportunity to explain your cause and help amplify your mission.
Over time, a novelty food fundraiser flyer might just become a community tradition. People can look forward to it every fall or spring.
It’s also important to consider the time of the year. If it’s before Thanksgiving, pies may be a perfect choice. Or anytime in the fall you can heat up 'Zap a Snack' pizzas, which come in 5 different flavors and toppings.
Put yourself in the shoes of the customer every step of the way. And be sure to get an idea of the demographics in your community. Young adults may desire healthier snacks. Families will want more substantial options for quick dinners or lunches on the go.
Our biggest piece of advice is this. If you’re running a food sale, the easiest way to sell is to emphasize the quality of the product and the convenience. Customers will love paying a good price for a great item. But it means even more that it's also supporting their local educational community.
The most important thing to keep in mind is: Does it make sense? Is the food choice related to the cause? And if it isn’t, how can you use timing and environment to run a successful program?
In each food fundraiser category we’ve outlined some helpful selling suggestions. These tips will help sponsors execute a cohesive and compelling campaign. This usually translates into meeting goals.