Being able to help a charity or a worthy cause always brings a feeling of fulfillment. This is not only true for individuals but as well as for families and other organizations conscious of their social responsibility to their communities.
Parents with small kids are sometimes involved in fundraising activities in the schools of their children. They work together with the school administration to raise funds for a certain project. But there have been concerns about the unhealthy food choices in these events including those that involve sports clubs and dance events. Some parents say the popular use of chocolates, sausages and pies is not teaching kids the proper way to eat.
In Australia, there’s this group called Parents Jury that is advocating healthy fundraising ideas for kids and adults. It has started a Health Fundraising Campaign that encourages parents and groups to choose other alternatives and where food is involved, use only healthy food. Parents Jury believes that this will have a strong influence on kids and communities.
The Australian Government has also implemented a food supply strategy program which have had a great impact in schools. The program has successfully encouraged educational institutions to do away with the usual fundraising activities and conduct those that are beneficial to the health of kids and adults. Through the government’s efforts, the National Canteen Guidelines have been formulated and several states have carried out specific campaigns. New South Wales, for instance, has its Fresh Tastes program while Queensland has its Smart Choices.
Here then are some fundraising ideas for kids that involve healthy food you can offer during festivals or kids’ camps whether in school or in other venues.
Muffins can be made healthy if you include fruit bits as well as nuts and raisins.
Noodle boxes are okay but make sure they include meat alternatives and stir fried vegetable bits.
Curries that include chicken or fish as well as rice are great, too.
Corn on the cob either grilled or boiled are attractive to kids. You may sprinkle them with different flavors such as paprika, barbeque and cheese.
Apart from offering just food, you may incorporate a physical activity to your event. It can involve dancing, running or walking.
Art activities are also great for kids as they encourage them to be creative.
If you’re having a festival type of fundraising activity, you can have stalls that offer unique and exciting games never done before. You can think of your own or offer face painting, basketball shooting, farmyard with animals and plants.