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How to Raise Money With Food Fundraising Programs

Updated on October 1, 2012

Are you in charge of fundraising for a nonprofit organization? There are many different types of programs designed to help charitable organizations and other nonprofits raise money. It makes sense to choose a fundraising program that involves selling products that appeal to a wide variety of individuals.

Everyone eats, and many people really enjoy gourmet food. People often purchase gourmet food products from fundraising programs to stock their own pantries, as well as for special occasion gifts for their friends and family. Because of this, some of the most popular fundraising opportunities involve selling food products.

There are many different types of food fundraisers. Before selecting one, it's a good idea to reach several different programs. This will help you identify a fundraising idea that offers a healthy profit margin and includes products that will be easy to sell and are reasonably priced.

Some of the most popular food fundraisers include:

Beef Jerky and Sausage

Oberto Fundraising Program: Many organizations have enjoyed fundraising success by selling delicious summer sausage and beef jerky products.


Gertrude Hawk Chocolates: Sell delicious candy bars in a wide variety of flavors for just $1.00 each and earn 50% profit.

Flavors include: almond, caramel, coconut custard, crispy, dark chocolate, dark chocolate raspberry, solid milk chocolate, peanut butter, toffee almond, and more.

Cookie Dough

Goodies Gourmet Cookie Dough: Just about everyone loves cookies, and your organization can realize a significant amount of profit by participating in a Goodies Gourmet cookie dough fundraising program. Earn up to 50% profit by selling fresh cookie dough, shipped directly to you from the manufacturer.

Gourmet Food Earn 40 - 50% profit by selling a variety of gourmet food products. The company will supply your group with brochures, and you'll take pre-orders. There are a number of catalog programs, each of which is sure to be a hit. Choices include: Gourmet Virginia Peanuts, First Colony Gourmet Coffees, Carolina BBQ Sauce, Dressing and Marinade, Caramel Apples, Slow Cooker Gourmet Dinner Kits, Soup Mixes, and more.


Fun Pasta Fundraising: Novelty Pasta in a variety of shapes appropriate for fundraising programs for sports team, cheerleading squads, school bands, parent teacher associations, and other types of groups. You can earn up to 50% profit!

Is a Food Fundraiser Right for Your Group?

These are just a few of the many different fundraising programs that revolve around selling food products. It's a fact that food fundraisers are a great source of revenue for all types of organizations. No matter who your supporters are, chances are that food products will appeal greatly to them!


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    Mary White 7 years ago from Mobile, AL

    Scott - You'll need to check with the Board of Health in your community to find out what you need to do to be able to sell prepared food legally. Good luck with your fundraiser.

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    scott 7 years ago

    i have a question im in a program in williamsport pa called youthbuild and we wanna have a fundraiser and save money for trips. In youth build we learn construction. we would be selling hamburgers hotdogs chips and softdrinks. my main question is do we need a permit to do this?

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    teeray 10 years ago from Canada

    It would be interesting to do a study on the connection between food and fundraising!

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    RenaSherwood 10 years ago

    I've wondered a long time how this worked out, but never had the time to look into it. Thanks for doing the research for me :-) Well done.

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    Zsuzsy Bee 10 years ago from Ontario/Canada

    Great Hub!

    regards Zsuzsy