Sunday, February 26, 2012

Kicking off the 2012 Great American Bake Sale Season

Whether your 5 or 95, break and bake or bake from scratch, hosting a Great American Bake Sale is a fun and easy way to help in the fight against childhood hunger in America. 

 Your bake sale will educate your community about the nearly 15 million of children at risk of hunger in America, it will help Share Our Strength ensure children at risk of hunger have access to the nutritious food they need to live learn and thrive and could very well become a tradition like it has for all of us here at Cookie Central.

Register today to host your very own Great American Bake Sale

Important Dates To Remember:

What: Great American Bake Sale Tweet-a-Thon 
When: Wednesday, March 29th 9:00am-9:00pm
Where: Why on Twitter of course!
Why:  To encourage people to host a Great American Bake ale in their community
  • Follow @GreatAmBakeSale and @NoKidHungry.
  • Retweet messages about Great American Bake Sale from these two accounts.
  • Use the hashtags #BakeSale and #NoKidHungry in all your tweets.
Check Out This Link For Tweets You Can Share!

What: National Challenge Weekend
When: Friday, April 20th - Sunday, April 22nd
Where: Where ever your little heart desires!
Why: To see if we can get a bake sale going in every state on the same weekend
Check Out This Link For Tips, Tricks and Resources For Hosting An Awesome Bake Sale!

Social Media Bookmarks:
Twitter: @GreatAmBakeSale @NoKidHungry
Facebook: GreatAmericanBakeSale
Hashtags: #BakeSale #NoKidHugry #GreatAmBakeSale #Events4NKH

Tips From The Cookie Lady:

Use A Tent:  There are plenty of businesses that would be more than happy to let you borrow theirs.  We, for example, use the BJ's Wholesale Club promotional tent.  It's great exposure for them (as it has their logo on it) and save us from purchasing our own.

Put It On A Stick:  Things on sticks sell!  Whether it's a cookie, a brownie or some other confection, slapping it on a stick is a great way to give it a little flare - and a valid reason to bump up that price a bit.  You can find lollipop/candy sticks in bulk quantities for short money at your local craft store.

Winner of the 2nd annual Take Your Best Shot photo contest!

Deck Out Your Product: Each month during the bake sale season GABS has a Take Your Best Shot Contest.  It's a fun way to get motivated and creative with what you make and how you decorate.  Color and creativity are also a great way to get people to come to your table, stay at your table and (hopefully) spend a little more money.

Go Bakeless: If baking just isn't your thing or maybe you want to try something different, raising funds online is the way to go!  Your online fundraising page has endless possibilities from online raffles, to simply asking for donations through email, Facebook and Twitter.

    The Deal With The Apple

     Educate Yourself:  Take some time to learn who Share Our Strength is and how they are ending childhood hunger.  The more you can share with you bake sale visitors, the more inspired they will be to get involved too. Visit the Get Local Map to find hunger facts specific to your area and see what organizations in your community are already benefiting from SOS.

    Visit and take the No Kid Hungry Pledge Today!

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