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Snack Cart Success

By
Julie Starks,   St John The Evangelist School - Greenfield
Play:
Snack Smarter Schoolwide
Topics:
Access to Healthy Foods, Student Leadership, Success with Funds,  Teamwork
Snack Cart Success
With a Wisconsin FUTP 60 grant we purchased a small rolling cart and bins and are in our 2nd year of offering healthy snacks to students before school. All items are 50 cents and parents shop and submit receipts. We break even and have regular customers including parents and teachers who purchase snacks for their day. Popular items are yogurt, cheese sticks and Belvita snack biscuits. We also offer bananas, carrots and Greek Yogurt ranch dip, raisins, pretzels and Cutie oranges. Students promote the cart with announcements and posters. A Snack card can be purchased for $5 for 10 items and an 11th free. We keep the card at the cart so it is easy for students to make a purchase without bringing money each day. In the future we would like parents to assist with having the cart open each day (now only 2 days with a teacher in charge). Our Snack Cart is now a part of our school healthy outlook and will be for the foreseeable future!

How do you plan to make this Play last during the school year and beyond?

I am commited to running this cart and our principal is supportive so we will have someone to oversee it's place at our entrance for the future. We have 3 parents who help with shopping and will support it as well. We are now in our 2nd year of operation.

What challenges did you face and how did you overcome them?

Getting shoppers was a worry. I wanted to involve parents and not be the sole operator of the cart. Some newsletter articles resulted in 3 parents supportive of the cart and willing to shop and submit receipts for their purchases.