Raise more by promoting the health benefits of popcorn.
Who can resist the smell of freshly popped popcorn? If you take into consideration what popcorn.org reports, not many can. Americans consume about 16 billion quarts which equate to 51 quarts for every person each year. That translates to almost 20 million cubic yards, or enough to fill up approximately 3,700 football fields one foot deep.
About 70 percent is eaten at home, while the rest is consumed in movie theaters or other venues like sporting events. Most people buy un-popped popcorn if consuming it at home. When it comes to popcorn fundraiser products, customers typically prefer popcorn that is already popped with plenty of flavors.
1. A Nutritious Popcorn Fundraiser
Most associate it with going to the movies, but popcorn is a snack that can be enjoyed anywhere. Depending on how it's prepared, some consider it healthy food. Compared to many snack foods, it's also low in calories. If air-popped, popcorn has about 31 calories per cup instead of 55 calories when oil-popped.
Antioxidants are substances known to help delay or even prevent certain types of cell damage. Popcorn contains what are called polyphenols. According to Joe Vinson, Ph.D., professor of chemistry at the University of Scranton, "Popcorn has more antioxidants in total than other snack foods that you can consume, and it also has quite a bit of fiber." Learn more about the health benefits of eating popcorn at thehealthyhomeeconomist.com.
2. You Don't Always Get What You See
Driving through the Midwest, you'll see endless acres of corn being grown. Many believe this is grown for people's food, yet those acres are typically field corn used for livestock feed. This differs from sweet corn and popcorn.
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3. Popcorn Comes in 2 Basic Shapes
When popped, popcorn is shaped like a snowflake or a mushroom. Snowflake-shaped popcorn is larger, takes up more space, and is thus used in movie theaters and ballparks. Mushroom-shaped popcorn doesn't crumble as easily and's used for candy confections.
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So the next time you consider doing a popcorn fundraiser, consider how good it can be for you.
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Clay Boggess has been designing fundraising programs for schools and various nonprofit organizations throughout the US since 1999. He’s helped administrators, teachers, and outside support entities such as PTAs and PTOs raise millions of dollars. Clay is an owner and partner at Big Fundraising Ideas.