Raising money through fundraisers can support the financial health of schools. Yet, when non-nutritious foods are sold, it is at the expense of the health and well-being of children and their families. Eating habits are greatly influenced by the types of foods and beverages that are available. When schools sell candy, cookies, and other unhealthy foods, they are increasing their availability. Schools across New York are changing how they fundraise—whether it’s to provide fun, family activities; to help community members recycle unwanted electronics; or to sell school promotional items—to make a positive impact in the community. Some of the most successful ideas are provided on this handout.
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Use this brochure to help your school earn extra money for different activities, events, and equipment that keep students excited and engaged. This brochure provides ideas to use healthy choices for fundraising that sell only nonfood items or foods that meet the Smart Snacks nutrition standards. The four-fold brochure provides information on Smart Snack Requirements and fundraising ideas. And, there are four successful fundraising stories from schools that have raised money in a variety of ways.
This CDC framework provides school nutrition professionals, school health professionals, administrators, teachers, and parents detailed information on the components of a school nutrition environment and how, together, they influence a students’ access to healthy foods and beverages at school. Access the PDF here: http://www.cdc.gov/healthyschools/nutrition/pdf/school_nutrition_framework_508tagged.pdf
This website provides an overview of food marketing in schools and includes fact sheets, model policies and reports.
This document provides an overview of the benefit of healthy fundraising, the consequence of unhealthy fundraising, and healthy fundraising alternatives
“This report outlines examples of unhealthy fundraisers commonly used by schools,
healthy fundraising alternatives, and the relative profitability and practicality of various fundraisers.”
The School Health Index (SHI): Self-Assessment & Planning Guide 2014 is an online self-assessment and planning tool that schools can use to improve their health and safety policies and programs.
Access the PDF for Middle and High schools here: http://www.cdc.gov/healthyschools/shi/pdf/middle-high-total-2014.pdf
This brief guide provides suggestions for healthy non-food rewards for elementary, middle, and high schools students.
This brief guide provides suggestions for fundraisers that promote healthy eating and physical activity.