Need new containers? Want to purchase swag for your volunteers? Raise money for your chapter using these creative and fun events!
Have a suggestion for a Fundraising Event? Email: programs@foodrecoverynetwork.org and we'll add it to the Catalog!

build a burger

“We had a great time putting the event on, and had a great turn out of our own members as well as faculty and other students! Having additional members there to serve the food and talk to participants played a huge part in raising awareness of not only our club, but also the topics related to food insecurity and hunger.”
— Corey, Rochester Institute of Technology

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For a Build a Burger fundraiser, you buy (or, if you’re lucky, get donated) all the usual fixings for burgers; ground beef, buns, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, etc. Then you charge people to build their own burger.

It’s relatively easy to organize, and can help your chapter make a bit of extra money to buy needed supplies, some swag, or make it to our conference.

LOGISTICS NOTES

Students at the Rochester Institute of Technology did it a bit differently. They had students submit burger recipes, then their dining hall’s chefs cooked the burgers. Students paid $5 to try a quarter of each of the top 4 burgers, and got to vote on which was best. The winning burger became part of the dining hall’s regular menu, and the chapter took home over $200 to put towards supplies.


CANDYGRAMS

 

DESCRIPTION

Candygrams are construction paper notes with small candies attached to them. When students purchase a Candygram, students can write a note in the card, and then designate who they want the card to go to. This is perfect for a Valentine's Day celebration or any other themed holiday!

LOGISTICS NOTES

Set aside some time for you and your team to construct the candygrams. This event works well with tabling, so consider handing out information about FRN or taking email addresses. 

Coordinate with your student government organization about how you'll distribute the candygrams. If you're at a small university, you may be able to collaborate with the mail department and deliver them directly to student's mailboxes. If you're a larger campus, it might be a good idea to deliver them directly to residence halls for distribution. 


    Canned Food Sculpture Contest

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A Canned Food Sculpture Contest is a great way to get some extra donations for your partner agency before the holidays! Set up locations for different organizations to build their sculpture on campus, then have members of each organization add cans to the sculpture over the course of a week. At the end of the week, one organization wins a small prize, and you get to donate all the canned food to your partner agency!

LOGISTICS NOTES

You want to get as many organizations on board as possible. It’s a good idea to go and speak to large organizations on your campus a few weeks in advance to let them know about it and gauge interest.


DORMSTORM

DESCRIPTION

Dormstorming involves going door-to-door with a group of FRNds in residence halls and asking for loose change that residents have on hand.  Collect the change (or cash) in a jar and utilize a Coinstar change conversion machine to turn it into cash. Dormstorming is a quick and easy way to fundraise that has very few start-up costs.

Logistics Notes

Obtain permission from RDs and RAs before conducting a Dormstorming event. We recommend going door-to-door with at least two FRNds (wearing FRN swag, of course), so that it's not awkward for the FRNd collecting money. You may also encourage RAs to speak to their floor about upcoming Dormstorms or advertise using posters in residence halls.

Recover Rochester raised $70 in a single dormstorming event! 


Hot Chocolate OR LEMONADE stand

 

LOGISTICS NOTES

You'll need to either purchase or receive donations of hot chocolate (or lemonade) and have a way to prepare them. The primary goal of this activity is fundraising, but it's also a good opportunity to recruit new members and raise awareness of new volunteer opportunities at the start of the spring semester

DESCRIPTION

This is a simple event that combines fundraising with outreach, and is perfect for the chilly months of the school year. Set up a hot chocolate stand immediately inside your dining hall or student center during a high activity hour, and sell hot chocolate by the cup! We also highly recommend taking emails and names for individuals interested in volunteering with your team.


LAUGHING FOR FRN

note:  this event is applicable to those near the los angeles area

DESCRIPTION

See one of your favorite TV shows live and raise money for your chapter! Through a special arrangement with Audiences Unlimited, Inc., students can raise money for their FRN chapter by attending a live studio audience performance of a network TV show! Studios need to fill seats for live audience recordings - in exchange for your presence, Audiences Unlimited will donate $14-$25 per person in your group! 

Some examples of programming include:  America's Funniest Home Videos, Baby Daddy, 2 Broke girls, and Dr. Ken.

Logistics

Contact Dani Nivar from Audiences Unlimited (dani@audiencesunlimited.com). She is in charge of registering groups that represent organizations such as FRN.

Each party must be at least 10 people, and at most 25. Free parking is offered. Once you RSVP, a 3 days notice if you decide to cancel. Failure to show up will jeopardize future fundraising opportunities.

Attire: No beach wear or rude behavior, and all guests must go through metal detectors prior to entering the studio audience.


OPEN MIC NIGHT / talent show

Logistics

Plan well in advanced for this form of fundraising. These events are frequently held by student government, but can also be conducted at a local restaurant or coffee shop. Reach out to the manager of the establishment, (or in the case of an on-campus event, reach out to student government) and express your interest in hosting an open-mic night specifically to raise money for FRN. You'll need to schedule a time and date, recruit talent, and promote, promote, promote. You'll also want to think about how money is obtained at the event - will there be a small cover charge, or will audience members give tips? . 

DESCRIPTION

An open-mic night (or talent show) is designed to bring people into the conversation about food waste through entertainment. While performers and artists are not specifically required to make their works  about food waste, they are more than welcome to do so. In between acts, have a compelling group of speakers tell stories about food waste, including members of your Partner Agency!


PANCAKE/GRILLED CHEESE FUNDRAISERS

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This one is an old favorite, for good reason. Cook some delicious pancakes or grilled cheese sandwiches and sell them to hungry college students. It’s a great way to make a bit of extra money for your chapter and spread awareness about food waste!

LOGISTICS NOTES

There are a few options here. For pancakes, you can sell them individually, or you can have an “All-You-Can-Eat” Pancake Breakfast (or Dinner, since mornings are not for everyone) and charge a flat fee at the door. With grilled cheese, it’s best to plan your fundraiser around lunch time, and set up shop where lots of students will pass through from one class to another. You can just sell the standard grilled cheese or offer some “gourmet” made-to-order options.


Restaurant Night

DESCRIPTION

Many restaurants have a program in place where they will donate a percentage of the proceeds (usually 10-35%) from all the customers that come in that night (or, in some cases, only from the customers that present a flyer). Make sure you get the word out by flyering and/or making a Facebook event.

LOGISTICS NOTES

A lot of national chains are open to restaurant nights, but it’s also worth connecting with local restaurants. If you recover from a local restaurant, that might be a good relationship to utilize for this fundraiser. Be sure to discuss the logistics of transferring money in advance, and even consider writing a contract, to ensure that the restaurant is accountable to your fundraiser.


VIDEO GAME TOURNAMENT

DESCRIPTION

Put on a video game tournament as a fundraiser! You can charge $5 for entry and challenge different groups (sports teams or fraternities/sororities) to see who's who in the gamer community!

LOGISTICS NOTES

Working with your Residence Hall Association is probably your best bet. RAs are always on the lookout for fun events for the floors they manage, and gaming events are frequently chosen because they're easy to set up.

Generally, the more groups you can get involved, the better off you’ll be. Consider speaking at large group meetings 3-4 weeks before the tournament to encourage attendance. Reach out to your school’s Panhellenic Council and Interfraternity Council for participants and support. Also consider getting some food donated for the event and have other activities for people to enjoy while they aren’t playing the game.