The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 has changed school snack standards in vending machine selections, student stores and lunch lines. These new standards are now in effect, and still allow for fundraising with World’s Finest Chocolate. According to the USDA, the rules do not affect off-campus fundraisers or events held after school hours on campus.
Posted by Kevin Concannon, USDA Undersecretary for Food, Nutrition, & Consumer Services – August 15, 2014
Yes. Per the USDA, you can fundraise with chocolate bars as long as they are sold off campus, after school hours. Students can sell to family, neighbors, and community supporters, just as they have always done.
Yes. Remind students that they cannot open the fundraising chocolate cases until they have brought them home.
Yes. The chocolate fundraiser profits can be turned in during the school day. You just can’t make any of the sales during the school day or on campus.
Yes. As long as the chocolates are not sold on campus during the school day, promotions are permitted during the school day per the USDA.
No. As long as the fundraiser is sold off campus, after school hours, you will not lose school lunch funding per the USDA.
The Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act allows states to make their own exemptions to the policy that allow for foods that do not meet the wellness guidelines to be sold as fundraisers on campus, during regular school hours. States can determine how many fundraisers like this can be allowed, and how often they can be held. There are currently 20 states that have developed exemptions.
Twenty states currently have exemptions: Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Please visit the National Association of State Boards of Education’s State School Health Policy Database for detailed policy information by state. http://www.nasbe.org/healthy_schools/hs/bytopics.php?topicid=3115
Educate parents and teachers on the importance of fundraising exemptions so your club can conduct chocolate fundraisers during the school day. Encourage them to write letters to their state legislators and your state’s school board. Emphasize what the funds raised are used for, and how important fundraising is for your group.
Students, parents, and teachers in the state of Oklahoma recently joined forces to rally for fundraising exemptions in their state. Their state school board decided to grant them 30 student fundraisers per semester, lasting no more than 14 days each, once they learned how important the funds raised were to the students and their desire for the right to choose what type of fundraiser works best for each group. See their story here: http://www.news9.com/story/26816602/state-school-board-allows-student-fundraiser-candy-sale-exemptions
Yes, you can still run chocolate fundraisers off campus, after school hours per the USDA, even if your state does not have any fundraising exemptions. The chocolate fundraising product can be delivered to your school and distributed to students during the school day, as long as the packaging stays sealed until students takes it home. You can also promote the fundraiser through posters, announcements, and assemblies during the school day. The chocolate fundraiser should be sold off school grounds, to family, neighbors, and community supporters. Your school will not lose any federal lunch program funding if these guidelines are followed.
Procedures vary by state. Talk to your local school administration to find out how you can take advantage of your existing fundraising exemptions.
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