Fundraising with junk food. It’s time for a change. #YMCCommunity

This year, our daughter is now eligible to participate in organized sports.

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On the first day for each of the sports that we’ve signed her up for, they’ve advised us that we are to do fundraising for the association that we are a part of.

Guess what they give us?

Yep…chocolate bars! And not your average size chocolate bars, but the family-sized ones that they offer at the movie theatres. We were only given four to sell at $5 a pop, but that’s not my point. And chances are…the parents just pay for the entire lot and tuck it away to snack on themselves.

Fundraising chocolates

Even preschools and organized clubs for kids, fund raise by selling chocolates and cookies.

Girl Guide Cookies

I’ve done a post about school fundraising before.

Now, in this day and age, more and more parents are choosing to provide healthy snack options to our kids rather than candy loaded with sugar.

Having your child in an organized sport or dance club, promotes a healthy lifestyle through exercise. I know I’m not the only one that knows that exercise and healthy eating go hand in hand.

So why are we using our kids to sell this junk?

There are many more options to fundraising that don’t involve junk food. Healthier snack options, raffles, car washes, bottle drives, fresh fruit sales, the list goes on. It only takes a minute to Google “healthy fundraising options“.

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Farm to school fundraisingI think it’s time that the organizers of these clubs rethink how they set up their fundraising. But it’s going to be up to the parents to encourage and demand these changes.

How do you feel about the way fundraising is done where your kids are involved?

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