Lunch is Served

15 04 2011

Part of being great at running fundraisers is being able to spot a killer opportunity.  This past month, Norwell High School (who is heading to Ecuador & The Galapagos in 2012) raised a ton of expedition funds by cornering the lunch-market at a local community event.  Read about how they earned the title of Team of the Month

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What’s the angle? Every year the town of Norwell hosts a Theater Festival; it’s a big event with hundreds of attendees.   The Norwell World Challenge team staged their own event on the same day; they sold box lunches to all the theater goers.

How did they pull it off? They called the festival organizers to get permission to have a lunch table, then they planned what to sell.  Some of their early menus were pretty involved (like making burgers and subs to order), but eventually the team picked deli platters and roll-ups as the easiest (and most sellable) menu.  They contacted the local grocery store to ask for food donations, and recieved a $100 gift card to help cover their costs.  They also solicited donations of bottled water and chips, and a few students made home-made baked goods.

They assigned different people to man particular stations, and created a line of tables displaying their goods.  They fed over 200 people, earning almost $500 for their expedition!  They donated their leftover food to the local homeless shelter.

Congratulations Norwell, you’re our Team of the Month!

Want to get a piece of the action? Serving lunch at a community event is a great way to earn expeditions funds.  Here’s how your team can make some green…

  1. Research upcoming town events.  Your town will undoubtedly have a website where big community events are listed.  Log-on and see what you can find!  Whether a play festival, local races, 4th of July events, Farmer’s Markets, etc., you should have a ton of options, especially as the weather is getting warmer!
  2. Contact the host organization. Contact the park district (or whoever’s running the event) and ask if you can serve lunch.  Explain what you’re earning money towards, and they’ll undoubtedly be happy to have you.
  3. Decide what you’ll serve. You’ll want to get a good idea of what the space is like where you’ll be setting up.  If there’s an outside area you could set up a grill, but if you’re confined to a room you’ll want to follow Norwell’s example and plan on sandwiches or roll-ups.
  4. Divide and conquer.  Make a list of the different items you’ll need and assign them to different team members.  You’ll need drinks, sandwich components, chips, and dessert, and don’t forget to have someone responsible for asking for donations!
  5. Set up shop.  Organization is key to having a successful lunch fundraiser.  Make sure to arrive with plenty of time to show up, as you’ll want to be ready for the hungry masses!  Make sure you have a station where people pay at the end, with coins and dollar bills to make change.

Did your team run an awesome fundraiser this month?  Let us know, you could be next!




One response

7 11 2012
Luncheon: As much food as one’s hand can hold! « World Challenge

[…] If there’s an outside area you could set up a grill, but if you’re confined to a room you’ll want to follow Norwell’s example and plan on sandwiches or roll-ups.  Contact a local grocery store to ask for food donations, to help cover your costs.  You can […]

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