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Healthy Fundraising

A Healthy Fundraiser involves either non-food or healthy food items to raise money for the school. It provides consistent health messages to students and can build a sense of community, for example, by holding a walkathon or designing and selling school t-shirts.

All Fundraisers Should:

  • Occur during the school day (between 12:00am and 30 minutes after the bell) should not involve food.
  • Schools should strive to eliminate foods from fundraisers entirely.
  • Consider replacing unhealthy food sales with healthier options like replacing the annual cookie sale with fruit basket fundraisers


Policy Requirements

  • Avoid food fundraisers; focus on non-food items.
  • Food may not be sold in competition with breakfast or lunch programs.
  • All food sales on school grounds during the school day (12:00 a.m. until 30 minutes after the final bell) must meet nutrition guidelines.
  • Schools must adhere to the CPS District Healthy Celebrations and Fundraising Plan.

Student Health and Wellness

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