The Healthy Hunger-Free Act was implemented by the United States Department of Agriculture for all school related fundraisers.
These newly formed policies state that a maximum of 10 clubs per school can use candy or other sweets in their fundraiser.
There are some loopholes that exist in the guidelines, such as that sweets not intended for consumption in school can be sold. Also, if a club would like to sell candy, then it must be verified by the school.
Central Saves Kids, a club affected significantly by the policies is headed by Zach Huynh, a senior, and Parth Gami, sophomore. The club funds support for people in foreign countries that are less fortunate. “The profit made from the previous candy sale two years ago was pretty good, and with that money, the club was able to help a child in Bolivia,” Gami said. This year the club is looking to move on and provide support to someone once again, only in a different area.
In the past, the club has sold Swedish Fish and Sour Patch Kids, but with the policy changes their product evolved to spirit wear. “I didn’t know there was a limit of the clubs allowed to sell sweet foods for fundraising before,” both Gami and Huynh said. “The club has had great success in the past with selling food,” said Gami.
When asked about the policies, Parth said, “It came as a sort of shock to Zach and I. The concept was brought to our attention during the school year.” The club now has to move away from the idea of a food fundraiser and find other fundraising options that will also be successful and possibly not just spirit wear.
“I think that the new policies will decrease the amount of success that we will have in fundraising. It’s easier to sell a type of candy and be successful with it compared to an item that is not a food,” Parth said.
Looking ahead to next school year, “The club will look to find other ways of fundraising excluding food,” Parth said. “The club has to be more creative and critical on the fundraisers that we might want to do.” Parth said.
Some of the most prominent of the clubs accepted is Science Olympiad, whose members sell chocolate such as Hershey bars, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Kit Kats.