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? Should schools and kids after-school activities use junk food fund raisers to further their 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!
Dunk the Junk Food Fundraisers: 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.
Sweet Deals: School Fundraising Can Be Healthy and Profitable by Center for Science in the Public Interest
What are your suggestions and resources for handling this kind of sticky situation?
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