For years, cash-strapped schools have turned to fundraising opportunities in an effort to help make ends meet. This has become a controversial topic with many parents, because the fundraisers often tend to be unhealthy, including such items as candy bars and cookies. In fact, according to a report in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, the use of foods high in fat and sugar remains prevalent in school fundraising, which they concluded requires further attention.
“The parents likely feel as if they have their hands tied, when it comes to school fundraisers,” explains Jolly Backer, the chief executive officer of Fresh Healthy Vending (www.freshvending.com). “They want to support the school, but they are not comfortable with what is being offered. There are healthier ways to raise the needed funds, ways which will also help everyone feel better about chipping in.”