A very profitable recipe book with over 150 recipes for kids party foods, all additive and chemical free, plus helpful information for anyone who is looking to avoid additives in shop-bought foods.
In a nutshell
Fundraising ideas: a full-sized recipe book with over 150 kids party recipes (all additive free)
Suitable for: schools, playgroups, mothers groups
Profit: 100%+ (buy book for $14, sell for $30)
How many parents have groaned when they have seen a party invite in their child’s school bag? Another afternoon of a sugar-fuelled hyperactive child to contend with after eating processed party foods.
It is becoming more common for symptoms such as asthma and skin ailments as well as more serious issues such as behavioural and learning difficulties to be linked to harmful additives in food. Yet many parents aren’t aware of what additives they might find in common foods, nor how they can prepare healthy meals without any nasties. Birthday parties are a particular trap – we want to give our children the foods they love, but don’t like having to contend with the aftermath of unfortunate behaviours.
Additive Free Kids Parties is a 185 page spiral bound book which has over 150 recipes suitable for children (and adults). The book provides clear information about the types of additives found in common foods as well as what to look out for when shopping.
Recipes are sorted according to a range of fun party themes such as Tea Party, Christmas Party, Gluten-Free Party and Spooky Party. Templates for decorating cakes are provided in a plastic sleeve at the back of the book.
Each recipe is clearly labelled if it is (or can be altered to be) nut-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, wheat-free, egg-free, vegetarian or vegan, making it a useful text for anyone with food allergies.
One of the most interesting sections is how to make additive-free coloured icing – so you can avoid all the artificial and chemical food colours. For example, you can make purple icing using blueberries and baking powder and orange icing using raspberries and turmeric.
Two other books are also available for fundraising – ‘What’s Really In My Food’ is presented in a junior version for kids or a standard version for teachers and families. These books explain in simple but comprehensive terms all about the effects of various additives, where you can expect to find them – and importantly, where you might not expect to find them – and how to avoid them.
Costs and profits
The purchase price for the books are as follows:
Additive free Kids Parties recipe book – $14 (suggested sale price $30)
What’s really in my food (Junior) – $10 (suggested sale price $20)
What’s really in my food (Standard) – $10 (suggested sale price $20)
This equates to a profit of $16 per recipe book.
There is no minimum order and there will be a postage charge.
The fundraising process
Contact Francine via the contact form on the Additive Free Kids website.
A sample pack containing a copy of each of the books will be posted out to the fundraising group.
The group will collect orders and payments, and send through the final order.
Additive Free Kids will send a final invoice including postage charges, and once paid the books will be delivered for distribution.
Although $30 is a relatively high price point, the profit margin is also high. Similarly, while there is only a segment of the population interested in an additive-free lifestyle, those who are, will prove to be a dedicated and committed customer.
It would be worth doing research within your local community to seek out interest groups and forums where you might be able to market the recipe books. Similarly you might be able to run information/sale sessions at local play-groups or wherever parents of young children congregate.
For more information
Visit the website at http://www.additivefreekids.com.au/
*Disclosure: Fundraising Mums were sent a copy of Additive Free Kids Parties for this article, and which was subsequently used in a reader giveaway.