There are many ways students can make sales. They can sell to people that they know, like neighbors and family. They can also get their parents to help them by approaching people that they know, like fellow workers. However, that candy bar fundraiser you've had so much success with has fallen under some scrutiny.
Many school districts now have health restriction policies that prevent students from selling these types of items on campus. Other types of products have been affected, but the greatest impact has been on candy products, like lollipops. Even with there being other ways to make sales, there’s no denying that the banning of school candy sales has had a negative impact.
Candy Health Concerns
There’s no doubt that most candy and snack food products sold by students lack nutritional value. Many would argue that these items are unhealthy altogether and set a bad example. More students are overweight than ever and a major part of the problem is unhealthy eating. Even though schools can’t control what students do off campus, they’re attempting to do their part during school hours.
It Comes Down to Safety
According to ptotoday.com, school groups raise more than $1.5 billion per year selling company fundraising products, like candy and beef jerky, than any other method. This accounts for approximately 80 percent of all money raised through fundraisers. Another concern with product sales is students going door to door unsupervised by an adult. In other words, students are outside the safety confines of the school.
The Effects of Banning In-School Candy Sales
Selling to peers represents one of the largest and most lucrative markets for students to tap into. This is particularly true with older high school students. Banning the selling of certain items at school has greatly hindered this. Most candy and snack food items are inexpensive, yet affordable to most students. Most product sales rely on impulsive buying and when something’s cheap and tastes good, you don’t have to think too hard about purchasing it.
Not only have student to student sales been affected, but other types of selling have been affected as well. Concession stands and bake sales have also been hit hard as certain popular items can no longer be sold on campus.
Fundraising Company Responses
To answer these challenges, some companies are making the adjustment. In order to sell their products on school campuses, a few are responding with healthier alternatives that now meet the more stringent health guideline requirements.
For example, Van Wyk Confections has come out with a healthier version of its popular pretzel rods candy that actually meets strict guidelines. Another company, Jack Link’s will be introducing new versions of their original, Teriyaki and pepper-flavored beef jerky that meet sodium level standards. Alternatively, products that offer some nutritional value, like a popcorn fundraiser may be sold on some campuses, depending on their rules.
If students are able to sell on campus during school hours by offering healthier products that will also appeal to their peers, we’ve help solve more than one problem.