Solicit support from local grocers or businesses

What’s involved

Community organizations are helpful partners for supporting healthy food programs at school. Securing partners in your community to help with donations and additional funding increases the quality of your food program if you have a limited budget.

To complete this activity:

  • Determine the types of service providers you have in your community, such as:
    • Food banks
    • Food recovery services (e.g., Food for Thought, Second Harvest);
    • Grocery stores
    • Bakeries
    • Sources of external funding (e.g., NGOs, organizations that provide grants to schools)
    • Other companies or organizations that want to support school food programs (e.g., church groups, charity organizations).
  • Request a donation: please see helpful tips at gofundme! Consider some mentioned below:
    • Tell your story, explain why your school/class needs the partnership.
    • Make sure your message is suited to the organization (don’t request funding from a program that only delivers food).
    • Explain why the donation is time specific (e.g., what is the need right now?).
    • Be specific about how much you need and what the donation will accomplish.
    • Share how you will recognize the organization/donor.

Who can deliver it

  • Teachers
  • Support staff
  • School administration
  • Senior administration
  • Student leaders

Time commitment

  • 1 to 5 hours

Resources required

  • Computer
  • Telephone
  • Contact information of people to donate
  • Letter of request
  • Links to grant organizations

Ideal learning environment

  • Long-term virtual learning
  • Short-term virtual learning
  • Summer break
  • Hybrid classroom
  • Traditional classroom

Pictures and/or videos of this health promotion practice being delivered​