Food Fundraisers

Food Fundraising Ideas

Simply the best food fundraisers

Offer your community high quality food that tastes delicious. Huge selection of cookie dough, pies, pizzas, popcorn, beef jerky, and so much more!

100% real ingredients. Take orders using a catalog or sell a product direct. Start raising money for free.

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How Does a Food Fundraiser Work?

Food fundraising is big for schools. One survey found that 50% of elementary schools, 56% of middle schools, and 67% of high schools sell candy. Each year schools profit $1.7 billion selling products.

If you’re interested in selling food we offer 2 methods:

  1. Take orders using a brochure.
  2. Order a product and sell it.

If you take orders first, each student receives a food brochure, order form and money envelope. After 2 weeks of selling, collect the order forms and send them to us for processing. We’ll then send you a sales report, invoice, and work with you to schedule your delivery date.

When ordering a product, you’ll need to send us a purchase order. Once your product delivers you’ll have 15 days to pay your bill. This gives you time to sell it and collect the money.

Your profit is the difference between what you collect and your invoice.

What Makes Our Food Fundraisers Better?

  • Name Brand Quality. Selling what people expect. Otis Spunkmeyer® Cookie Dough, Auntie Anne’s® Pretzels, & Cinnabon® Gooey Bites™. You can't beat Nestlé® Toll House®, Yummy Lix® Lollipops, Zap-A-Snack® Pizzas, and Jack Link’s Beef Jerky, just to name a few.
  • Huge Selection. Find the right food product for your group from our vast product selection.
  • Higher Profits. Make up to 58% profit.
  • Online Store. Complement your brochure sale by also selling online.
  • Free Shipping. All product orders ship free and brochure sales have low minimums.
  • Expert Customer Care. Your satisfaction is our primary goal. We’re here to answer your questions.
  • No Upfront Cost. Start a food fundraiser for free.

Questions About Food Fundraisers

  1. What are the most profitable food fundraising ideas for schools?

    Sell products that people already know and love. You can either sell candy and chocolate, or items like cookie dough and frozen food. Learn more

  2. Which foods can we sell during school hours?

    If you meet nutritional guidelines then you can sell competitive foods during school. Original Beef Jerky is one example that is approved. Many foods can only be sold after school or off campus.

  3. What about food allergy and nutritional information?

    Known allergens are listed in the nutritional information.

  4. What are some fast and easy food fundraisers?

    Consider selling lollipops, candy bars or pretzel rods. These products sell quick and start at 50¢.

  5. What about online food fundraisers?

    Selling food online removes the need for order forms, money collection, and group deliveries. Learn more

Food Fundraising Suggestions & Tips

  • Use our ‘Calculate Your Profit’ tool to help you determine how much product to order.
  • Attempt to sell around special occasions and holidays. Sell Yummy Hearts lollipops or pies before Valentine’s Day or Thanksgiving, respectively. Or offer Halloween Smencils in October.
  • Meet with your sellers to kick off your fundraiser to discuss the process as well as your sales goals.
  • Use a tracking sheet to track product inventory. You should know how much money each student needs to turn in.
  • Emphasize professionalism when making sales. Ask your students to introduce their organization and why they’re raising money.
  • Tell them to only approach people that they know.

MORE IDEAS FOR FOOD FUNDRAISERS

Food Fundraising Ideas

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.

Choosing a Food Product

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 your fundraising for something non-food related. Like school supplies and new textbooks. This might be where you sell from 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 brochure might just become a community tradition. People can look forward to it every fall or spring.

It’s also important to consider is 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.

More Food Fundraiser Considerations

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.