Fundraising in SchoolsThe Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010 required USDA to establish nutrition standards for all foods sold on school grounds during the school day. School fundraisers are included in the standards.
A fundraiser is considered an event that includes an activity which currency/token/tickets, etc. are exchanged for the sale/purchase of a product in support of the school or school-related activities. Examples include: school stores, pretzel sales, bake sales, candy bar sales, and vending machines where profits are used to support a school-sponsored club or activity, such as the school band or sports team.
The Pennsylvania Department of Education has determined that a maximum of (5) exempt fundraisers will be permitted in each elementary and middle school building per year, and a maximum of (10) exempt fundraisers will be permitted in each high school building per year. Each fundraiser may not exceed one school week.
It is important to remember that these exemptions only apply to fundraisers that do not meet the requirements for foods sold in school in the Smart Snack Standards. Non-food fundraisers and food fundraisers that meet the requirements of the Smart Snack Standards do not require an exemption. Exempt fundraisers may not be sold in the food service area during the meal period. Additionally, the Smart Snack Standards only apply to foods sold to students during the school day. Therefore, the Smart Snack Standards are not applicable to fundraisers that take place after the school day (i.e., fundraisers where a brochure is sent home, such as frozen pizzas, subs/sandwiches).Click here to access the Fundraising Exemption Form.Click on the links below for more great ideas for Healthy Fundraising...Healthy Fundraising, Promoting a Healthy School Environment.
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