Choose activities to raise money that are unrelated to food, or that offer healthier food and beverage options.
These activities can be just as profitable and popular as traditional chocolate sales while offering a healthy option. The Ministry of Education, School Food and Beverage Policy (P/PM 150) supports positive, healthy messages taught in the classroom by promoting healthy food choices and non-food items for school fundraising ideas even if they occur off school property.
Fundraising Tips and Ideas
- Promote quality products (e.g. local produce that is in season)
- Offer competitive prices
- Offer product samples to view and if possible, taste
- Keep your community motivated and involved in your fundraising; advertise in the school newsletter, newspaper and community centre, and on outside school signs
- Mix it up. Select from a range of different activities throughout the year (e.g. family oriented, physically active ideas or helping others in the community) instead of relying solely on food sales
Fundraising Ideas Beyond Food
- Collect donated items for a garage sale or hold a penny sale
- Hold a silent auction featuring the products and talents of local businesses (e.g. round of golf, haircut, gift baskets, manicure, etc.)
- Produce and sell an annual school calendar • Sell raffle tickets for a donated prize (e.g. local grocery store, garden nursery, sports equipment, etc.)
- Charge a small admission fee for a school dance, sports event, etc.
- Ask students to collect pledges for a reada-thon, jump-a-thon, walk-a-thon, etc.
- Hold theme days where students pay to either dress up in their pajamas, etc., or have a crazy hair day
- Hold a raffle for gift baskets with different themes
- Gift cards
- School spirit days
- Evening events (e.g. family movie, trivia, bingo nights)
- Rummage sales (e.g. used books, equipment, clothing)
- Active ideas (e.g. treasure/scavenger hunt, Amazing Race, basketball competition)
- Rent-a-helper (e.g. rake leaves, paint fence, gift-wrapping)
Food Related Fundraising Examples
|Beans / Hearty Bean Soup Mixes||Full of Beans
The Bean Ladies (Toronto Area)
Tel: 905-457-2326 • E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
|Cheese||Millbank Cheese and Cold Storage Inc
72 Church Street Millbank, ON, N0K 1L0
Tel: 519.595.8787 • E-mail: email@example.com
Jensen’s Cheese, Simcoe
Tel: 519-426-4523 • E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Springbank Cheese Company – Top Fundraisers
|Chicken/ Poultry||Elmira Poultry
605 Kumpf Drive, Waterloo, ON, N2V 1K8
Tel: 1.800.663.5694 • E-mail: email@example.com
Maple Lodge Farms
Toll free Tel: 1-888-664-4444
Variety of chicken products
|Citrus Fruit||Sunsweet Fundraising Inc
Tel: 1.800.268.1250 • E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
National Discount Fundraising
Toll free: 1-888-704-7367 • E-mail: email@example.com
‘Healthy Classmates’ lets you raise funds through the sale of fresh fruit including Oranges, Ontario Apples, Grapefruit, Mandarins
* have some cookies compliant with PPM No. 150
|Fruit – Frozen purée||NatuFrozen
Tel: 647.637.3527 • Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
100% natural fruit purée – no added chemicals, colouring or preservatives. They can be used to prepare juices, smoothies or ice cream.
|Fruit & Vegetables- Fresh Ontario produce||Fresh from the Farm
A healthy fundraiser for schools where students sell fresh Ontario-grown fruit and vegetables.
|Gift Baskets, Fruit,
Preserves, Honey, Maple Syrup
|Bayfield Berry Farm
77697 Orchard Line, Bayfield, ON N0M 1G0
Tel: 519.482.1666 • E-mail: email@example.com
Mc Cully’s Hill Farm
4074 Perth Line #9, R.R. 2, St. Mary’s, ON N4X 1C5
Tel: 1-519-284-2564 • Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
|Pasta & Sauces||AdvantEdge Fundraising
Fun Shaped Pasta
Unit 7, 1031 Hubrey Road, London, ON N6N 1B4
Tel: 1-204-227-4226 • Email: email@example.com
Pasta, sauces and other products
Tel. 1-888-267-6262 Ext. 226
From Farm to Table Canada
1721 Bishop St. N, Cambridge ON N1T1N5
From Farm to Table Canada sells popcorn that is grown and packaged in Ontario and has several varieties that comply with PPM No. 150
|Glenfarms Herbs and Preserves Inc
630 Dundas StreetLondon, On, N5W 2Y8
Hawberry Farms Direct Fundraising
Toll free Tel: 1.800.263.8946
*Choose lower sodium varieties of seasonings
Seasonings, chutneys, oils, jams and sauces.
High quality dip mixes, popcorn seasonings and spice blends without added MSG, fillers or preservatives.
|Tasty Tidbits Gourmet Foods
Non-Food Related Fundraising Examples
|Balanced Day Lunch Kit
2148 Riverbend Rd., London, ON N6K 0A4
Orders: 519.852.0286 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact manager at local store
Click on ‘Store Locator’, top right side of page at www.chapters.indigo.ca School organizes fundraisers at the
store; parents register to attend; school receives 10% of registered sales in cash or 15% in gift cards to purchase
books for school library
CCRP Magazine Fundraiser (Phoenix Enterprises)
Tel: 905.427.5252; Toll free Tel: 1.877.697.6111
Subscription fundraising program over 650 magazines available.
QSP Reader Digest
|Calendars||Third Wave Fundraising
Toll free Tel: 1.888.894.1130
Offers a variety of calendars.
Toll free Tel: 1.800.567.3435
|Canadian Tire Money||Canadian Tire School-based initiative
Students bring in Canadian Tire money from home and use it to purchase goods and equipment at Canadian Tire
|Candles/home décor||Dieleman Fundraising Sales
www.dfscanada.com • Tel: 1-800-667-1272
Offers a variety of candles and diffusers. All made with pure fragrance. Candles are made in North America, are
solvent free and can be recycled.
|Cash Register Receipt
|Save-A-Tape Program: A & P, Zehrs, Foodland
Earn $1.00 for every $X in cash register tapes collected, to a maximum of $1000.00 over a 12-month period. To
register contact your local store.
|Cloth Gift Bags and Canvas Totes||Love A Tree Cotton Gift Bags
Toll free Tel: 1-800-480-6706 • E-mail: email@example.com
Fabric gift bags; canvas totes, beach bags, birthday loot bags, etc.
|Co-operative Games||Family Pastimes
Tel: 613.267.4819 (Perth, ON) • E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Co-operative board games, books and puzzles to promote sharing and caring behaviour – for family and schools
|CanaBears Custom Plush Mascots
Toll free Tel: 1-844-601-1260 • E-mail: email@example.com
Plush bears or custom mascots with school or team logo and custom tag with personalized message. Mascots are
also available wearing shirts.
Provides an annually updated coupon offering that sells for $25 with different regional editions featuring local partners.
www.revpublishing.ca Toll free Tel: 1-905-356-7283 Customize a Save-A-Buck coupon for your community that features your group’s logo or picture along with discounts from local businesses.
The books feature 2-for-1 or Buy One Get One Free deals and are available to sell for either $12 or $25
|Flower Bulbs||Veseys Bulbs: Fundraising Program
Tel. 1.800.363.7333 • E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Third Wave Fundraising
Toll free Tel: 1-888-894-1130
Large variety of gifts for all occasions – plants, bulbs and
seeds; kitchen utensils, automobile “essentials”, calendars
Valentine Day, Mother’s Day)
|Local Nurseries Can be used for fundraising at Christmas and Mother’s Day Check local nurseries for pricing
Huron Ridge Acres
|Gift Bags, Gift Wrap,
|Regal Canada Greetings and Gifts
Tel: 1-800-565-3130 • E-mail: email@example.com
Smiles Made Easy
Tel. 519.894.1466 • Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
|Go Green Lunch Box||gogreenlunchbox.com/products/products.html • Email: email@example.com|
|Movies||ACF (Audio Ciné Films Inc)
Toll free Tel: 1.800.289.8887 • Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Popular feature films including the largest selection of animated and family films available in Canada.
|Paper Products and Supplies||Froggy Fundraising
Toll free Tel: 1.866.961.7957 (Belleville, ON) • Email: email@example.com
Sells paper products such as facial tissues, paper towels, toilet paper, etc. Over 90% of the products are made
from recycled materials.
|Stuck On You Canada
P.O. Box 31156, RPO St. John’s Street, Port Moody, BC, V3H 4T4
Cartridges and Cell
|Greentec Inc Canada
Tel: 1-888-265-2895 • E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel: 1.888.265.2895 • E-mail: email@example.com
Toll free Tel: 1.888.883.8237
|Tupperware||Tupperware Canada Fundraising
www.tupperware.ca • Tel: 1-800-887-7379
Please note: The above chart are examples of fundraising ideas, and this list is not exhaustive. Find local success by approaching
businesses in your area for other interesting options! Visit these websites for more fundraising ideas:
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