It’s no secret that kids love candy. Many adults do, too, especially when you can offer up brand names like Hershey’s chocolate that everyone can appreciate. But if you are thinking about using candy as an in-school fundraiser, there are some things you’ll need to consider first in terms of practical organization and logistics.
Obviously the whole point of using candy as an in-school fundraiser is that the kids will be able to sell to their fellow students, either at lunchtime, between classes, or after school. However, selling on school grounds is something you’ll have to get permission from the school to do, and this may not be a straightforward as you think. In some school districts in certain states, there are now laws that regulate the nutritional content of any food that is provided on school grounds. This would carry across to your in-school fundraiser as well, and that’s something you need to find out about well ahead of time. You don’t want to pay for cases and cases of chocolate bars, only to find out after they’re delivered that the school won’t allow the students to sell them to other students on school grounds. So get your permissions sorted out first before you try to organize an in-school fundraiser like chocolate.
So what if the school can’t give that permission, what then? There are certainly ways around this. Of course, you could just restrict your group to selling outside of school, but you can also choose a healthier product and see where that gets you. Things like Welch’s Fruit Snacks, for example, are still sweet treats but are fat-free and a more nutritional alternative to things like chocolate or lollipops. If your school will give permission for you to sell these instead of chocolate, then that’s your in-school fundraiser problem solved.