With the growing obesity epidemic in the United States, it isn’t hard to understand why many locations are urging groups and organizations to use healthy fundraisers instead of more traditional ones. Therefore, The Fundraising Network has compiled a list of a number of fundraising companies who offer these healthy alternatives. In addition, we are bringing you this series of posts here on The Fundraising Site to help you know more.
Not too long ago, I had the opportunity to attend a weekend seminar with Dr. Dick Couey. Dr. Dick Couey is professor emeritus of Health Sciences at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. His area of specialty is Exercise Physiology, Sports Medicine, and nutrition. He is a former member of the President’s Commission of Physical Fitness and Sports, and served as a consultant for the U.S. Olympic team. Dr. Couey has written over 20 books on wellness and his expertise in keynote presentations is sought after worldwide. He has appeared on various TV and radio programs at home and abroad and is considered a master teacher.
Dr. Couey discussed the need for healthy omega-3 fatty acids in our diets. I was amazed at the way our bodies use omega-3’s to reduce inflammation and prevent diseases. Increasing omega-3’s can include minimizing processed foods and including as many whole or raw foods (fruits and vegetables) as possible.
One of the sources of omega-3’s is nuts. There are plenty of nuts available in various snack fundraisers, but not all snack fundraisers are created the same. Many of them contain processed foods such as pretzels. However, there are plenty of healthy, nut fundraising packs, and we found some of them.
- Sesame Treat – Sesame sticks, blanched peanuts, redskin peanuts, cashews and almonds
- Taste of the Tropics – A trail mix treat filled with healthy flavors of tropical dried fruits (pineapple, papaya, dates, coconut, banana chips) and almonds, walnuts and pecan
- Student Mix – Protein-packed lunch box or afternoon snack with roasted peanuts, cashews, pumpkin seeds, almonds and raisins
- Natural Snacks – Lots of things your body needs and loves – sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, soybeans and peanuts
- Smart Snacks – Smart Snacks features 12 items which include: Cashew Halves, Cranberry Trail mix, Say Cheese mix, Hot n spicy peanuts, Hawaiian Delight mix, Mixed nuts, Cashew snack mix, Salsa Mix, Honey Roasted pnuts, Sugar free candy, Fruity trail mix, and Roasted & Salted Almonds.
- Bean Soup, Chili, Pasta and Dessert Mixes – While this particular fundraiser does not include nuts, we found GourmetFundraising.com offers “Bean Soup, Chili, Pasta and Dessert Mixes – 29 of the most delicious, hand-crafted bean soup, chili, pasta, quick bread and dessert mixes from the foodcrafters at Purely American.” In addition to high-fiber, low-fat dried beans and grains, gourmetfundraising.com advertises that their products are all Natural, have No MSG or artificial ingredients, and they offer traditional mixes that include recipes with vegetarian options.
When looking for healthy snack fundraisers, pay attention to what is included in the package. Some packages contain nuts but may be high in salt or have unhealthy choices mixed in as well. Dried fruits can be healthy, but make sure they are not coated with processed sugars.
There are plenty of healthy choices for fundraisers, and they are not hard to find. In addition to nuts and certain gourmet food fundraisers, you might also consider fruit fundraisers as well.