Research shows that healthy kids do better in school. That’s why there are nutrition standards for food and drinks sold in schools. But a gap in the rules is letting some states make choices that threaten children’s health.
This video shows how state and local leaders can play a key role in ensuring that school fundraisers don’t undermine students’ health.
Schools, student and parent groups, and other organizations often rely on fundraisers to supplement their budgets for educational and extracurricular activities. Many districts and clubs raise money in ways that promote good health and nutrition and avoid sales of candy and other junk food. The resources below offer great guides and ideas for planning a healthy fundraiser for your school.
With the rise in childhood obesity and poor diets, many schools are turning away from low-nutrition foods as a way to raise money. Choosing healthy alternatives helps reinforce:
See the links below for examples of schools that have successfully implemented healthy fundraisers.
The Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards make it easier for schools to offer more healthy food and beverage choices, while limiting options with too much fat, sugar, and salt.
For more information on Smart Snacks in School, please check out the resources on this page from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Although many states have said that all fundraisers must meet USDA’s Smart Snacks standards, others have created policies allowing some exceptions that make possible a wide variety of unhealthy fundraisers. To learn about your state’s policy, check out the National Association of State Boards of Education’s State School Health Policy Database.