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  • Everything you need to know about Smart Snacks in School

    Smart Snacks in School is a new initiative by the USDA to promote healthier food options to children while in school. These new regulations not only affect the products sold in vending machines and cafeterias but also fundraisers that are held during school hours and on school property.

    Old Fashion Candy supports and encourages this new snacking program and we are here to help you meet and understand the new rules set by the USDA. In this post, as well as on our website, we've outline some of the key facts and links for the Smart Snacks in School program:

    FACT 1: Food based fundraisers that are sold during school hours must adhere to the guidelines set by the USDA Smart Snacks in School. In compliance with this program, Old Fashion Candy has developed the Smart Variety in which all items meet the nutritional guidelines. Detailed specifics on these nutrition guidelines can be found on the USDA's site.

    FACT 2: Fundraising activities that take place outside of school do not need to adhere to the nutrition standards. This means that normal candy and snack fundraisers can be sold anytime, off school grounds by individuals or groups. The nutrition standards only apply to items sold during school hours.

    FACT 3: The selling of candy or snacks on school grounds can be done 30 minutes after the end of the school day and runs until midnight. This means any food item can be sold at concession stands, athletic events, musical/theater concerts, dance/cheer competitions, etc. Even if you are a school-sponsored or affiliated group, fundraising that takes place after school hours is not affected by these guidelines and you are free to select a fundraiser of your choosing.

    FACT 4: All Old Fashion Candy fundraising boxes come sealed shut, so sales don't take place until they are intended too. This prevents the unintended selling of candy or snack fundraisers during school hours.

    FACT 5: Individual states have the ability to occasionally allow a school-sponsored fundraiser that sells candy or snacks during the school day, without having to meet the Smart Snacks in School nutrition regulations. Find out more information on getting your school's candy or snack fundraiser approved by your state here.

    FACT 6: If you are an individual or group not affiliated with a school you do not need to adhere to any guidelines, unless you are selling on school grounds during school hours.

    At Old Fashion Candy we also offer several alternative school fundraising ideas that are not food related, such as our Celestial Candleskey chainsDonation Dotslanyards and more. It is our mission to provide you with a variety of fundraisers to choose from that will meet your group's needs by raising top profit, with quality name brand items and will adhere to a variety of selling situations and fundraising audience.

    If you have questions about the Smart Snacks in School program and how it applies to your fundraiser, please give us a call at 800-500-1234. We are happy to provide you with any information as well as help you select and run a fundraiser that is specific to your needs and goals.

  • End Of Year Fundraising

    The year may be winding down but don't feel like you have to sacrifice your goal reaching for a time crunch. We work hard to make sure it is quick and easy to order and run your fundraiser no matter what product you decided to go with. While all of our products ship within 24 hours and are in stock, we have assembled a small list of items that make great end of year fundraisers:

    LOLLIPOPS

    Lollipops are a great fundraising standby. We have classic round lollipops as well as shapes, sour pops, rock candy, Blow Pops, and our latest addition, chocolate roses.They are a low cost seller so product is easy for you/your group to make sales quickly.

    CHOCOLATE BARS

    Our chocolate bars come in $1 or $2 sizes along with 5 flavor varieties or assorted packs. Plus, they are all 50% profit to you so that's even more money towards your goal.

    DONATION DOTS

    One of our easiest and low hassle fundraising options are our Donation Dots. These scratch off cards come in 4 different themes and each card brings you $100 each! There is no product to sell or cases to carry around, simply have customers scratch a dot and donate what they reveal.

    KEY RINGS & LANYARDS

    Class of key rings & lanyards make a great fundraiser. Not only do they cater to the pride everyone has for their year but during this holiday season you can help market them as small gifts for friends. You can purchase kits of a single year or purchases kits of multiple years and divide them up between sellers so they have a range to cater to everyone they come across.

    You can order all of our fundraisers online or call 800-500-1234 and one of our fundraising experts can answer any questions as well as set you up with a fundraiser that's just right for you and your goals.

  • How to Get the Most Out of Your Table Setup

    If you're having a location based fundraiser where you are setup at a table or booth then have we got some tips for you. An organized and well-presented space ensures that passerby's can clearly see your cause and products. Here's some help on how you can get the most out of your location.

    1. Have a large, clearly written sign that says what you are selling and for how much. Include your group name as well.
    2. Ensure you have an organized table top with items in boxes/containers or stacked neatly.
    3. Have a small space towards the front of the table clear for patrons to gather their order or to place their purse/wallet down when exchanging payment.
    4. Placing a donation jar or box at the end of the table can only help bring in more money. This way if customers don't purchase from you they are still able to contribute.

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