Back to School Sticky Situation #3: Junk Food Fundraisers

Three boxes of Girl Scout Cookies
Three boxes of Girl Scout Cookies Photo by Marit & Toomas Hinnosaar.


What will you do if the PTA asks you to support a cookie dough fundraiser?  Will you send your child out to hit up family and friends to buy junk food in communities already suffering from diet-related disease?  Are unhealthy foods magically transformed when they are sold for a good cause?

These are some of the questions I’ve had as a parent faced with helping cash-strapped schools.  Instead of raising money off the backs of people’s health, I support healthy fundraisers.  I have been generous with my time and money for fundraisers like Jog-a-thon and PTA 5K.   Raising money for schools while supporting community health? It’s a win-win!

Sample Script

Here is a sample script you can use if faced with the sticky situation of junk food fundraisers:

I’d like to help our school raise money in ways that support student health.  Some schools do this with fundraisers like a Jog-a-thon or PTA 5K.  These are the kinds of fundraisers I would like to support with my time and money because they don’t come at a cost to our community’s health and well-being.

Additional Resources

Here are some additional resources that can help you make the case for healthier school fundraisers:

Sweet Deals: School Fundraising Can Be Healthy and Profitable by Center for Science in the Public Interest

Healthy School Fundraising by Bag the Junk

What are your suggestions and resources for handling this kind of sticky situation?

Casey Hinds

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Casey works tirelessly to create a healthier food environment for kids and instill a love of physical activity. To keep up with what she's doing, you can follow her on Twitter and her web site


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