Event & School Fundraising Ideas

When it comes to fundraising for special events and schools, the number one goal is to have a high profit margin. We’ve done the math for you and can report that concession foods bring in an average of 70%–80% profits, making it an ideal way to raise money. You don’t have to be an expert to see this kind of a return. Here at Gold Medal, we’re available to give you fundraiser tips from themes to concession choices and more. From training your volunteer staff to choosing the right size popcorn machine, you can browse our site for school fundraising ideas and so much more.


The Top 5 Prepackaged Picks for Back-to-School Concessions

Choose The Right Prepackaged Concession Foods to Kickstart Back-to-School Fundraising

It’s that time of year again! Whether you work/volunteer for a high school or university, a new school year is an ideal time to kick off concession food sales. It’s a great way to welcome your students back and generate a profit for what could be your first fundraiser of the term, even if it is virtual. Go with the following fun foods and equipment for a successful start.

sealed plastic bags of caramel and blue popcorn on white background

Make It Pop!

An all-time best-seller, you can’t beat popcorn! It’s a hot moneymaker too, with up to 80% profit margins. You can quickly pop it yourself and prepackage it using super saver bags and bag sealer. And if you want to strengthen the appeal even more, try popping it in your school’s colors. Or if you need something quick and grab-and-go ready, shop Gold Medal’s ready-to-eat gourmet popcorn.

prepackaged bag of Candee Fluff cotton candy containers and bags

Sweet Possibilities

Cotton candy is a classic that will keep the crowds coming! It’s easy to make and comes in a wide variety of flavors, so you can customize your menu. Profits are unparalleled and range as high as 94%. You can spin up and package your own using Candee Fluff containers or go ahead and purchase prepackaged cotton candy in a tub or bag.

closeup prepackaged cheese cups and nacho chips with jalapenos and color peppers

Spice It Up

Nachos are one of the fastest-growing popular snacks! The prepackaged options make it a desirable addition to any concession stand. Adding portion pak cheese cups and prepackaged nacho chips will bring in 75% profit margins or higher.

stack of prepackaged Sweet Cinnamon Meister Bake soft pretzels in plastic film

Give It A Twist

For the salty snack you crave, nothing satisfies like an old-fashioned soft pretzel. Delicious and ready-to-serve, Meister Bake Soft Pretzels are shelf-stable and don’t require freezing. You can enjoy them right out of the pack or simply warm them up in a humidified cabinet or microwave. (Heating times may vary.)

Conveniently served, Meister Bake Soft Pretzels let you spend less time preparing pretzels and more time selling them! Check out our variety of flavors – Salted (with the salt baked right into the pretzel, not on top), Unsalted, Sweet Cinnamon, Pumpkin Spice, or a Salt and Sweet Cinnamon Combo Pack.

Each pretzel comes individually wrapped to ensure freshness and superior taste. Consider adding nacho cheese cups, icing cups, or other toppings or dips to bring an even more flavorful experience. 

red, yellow, and pink Frusheez slush frozen drink in glass cups with white straw with red stripe

The Big Chill

Give your students the thirst-quenching goodness of slushies! Frusheez® are the frozen drink you can eat. Less hands-on than other iced snacks, the machine does most of the work for you. With mixes in a multitude of flavors, you can offer everyone’s favorite or create your own signature flavor. Check out our Frusheez Equipment and our fun Frusheez flavors.


If you haven't already, check out our 4 Virtual Fundraising Ideas for Schools & Nonprofits for more ideas.


Gold Medal serves schools of all sizes and we’re happy to help you find the right equipment and supplies to suit your unique needs. To speak with one of our concession specialists, contact us today at 800-543-0862 or [email protected].