AUTHOR: Julia TITLE: Have Your Chocolate and Eat It Too! DATE: 9/28/2009 11:58:00 AM ----- BODY:
Do you remember the girl scouts that came knocking on your door? Every spring, I waited with bated breath for them to appear with their fold out catalog, and color coded order forms that brought promise of thin mint and peanut butter cookies. I couldn’t wait until I was old enough to be a girl scout too!

Every Fall they still come, like pilgrims, with menus of cookies, candy bars and magazines we never read. While the cause of supporting our children and their education remains important, I’ve become more aware of not only my food choices (have you read the labels of the girl scout cookies??) but also of issues surrounding sustainability and fair trade.

Today, fortunately, we have a new choice. We can support the neighborhood kids’ without sacrificing our interest in quality foods and goods. Equal Exchange is paving the way for better fundraisers, one even a foodie could love.

Dark chocolate bars with real cocoa butter, even 71% cocoa, Arabica coffees roasted by Equal Exchange, healthy snacks (almonds, roasted pecans & sweetened, dried cranberries) from US family farmers, and teas from DarJeeling & South Africa and a rooibos that heals! And for the bottom-line parents, the profits for the school from this fundraiser are competitive with conventional fundraisers. You can do well by doing good (or is it the other way around?), and eat better chocolate, too!

If you’re a teacher or have kids in school, be sure to check out the fundraising opportunities at Equal Exchange.

Equal Exchange is committed to the learning in addition to the taste. You can check out their free downloadable educational tools for teachers or parents who want to help bring the challenges of being a player in a global marketplace to kids in age appropriate ways. Learn more about the: why, what, who, so what of our global marketplace. See, hear, taste the Equal Exchange story, one that aligns well with foodies, aggies and fair traders out there.

----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger Heather DATE:9/28/2009 08:16:00 PM how cool! i love chocolate!! mmmm :) ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger Katie DATE:9/28/2009 11:24:00 PM I love Equal Exchange dark chocolate, and I'm so glad to see that things like this exist. I'm relieved that I don't know many people with kids that age, though, because I'm a sucker for good chocolate! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:OpenID biz319 DATE:9/29/2009 10:02:00 AM What a great idea - my daughter always had to sell wrapping paper - I would have loved this fund raiser! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) DATE:9/29/2009 07:19:00 PM So nice to have choices, especially since I've stopped buying Girl Scout Cookies because of the high fructose corn syrup in some of them. Equal Exchange is a wonderful company and I'd be happy to support them if my local scout troops start selling their chocolate. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous noble pig DATE:9/30/2009 11:23:00 PM I want this to come to my school now! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger Psychgrad DATE:10/01/2009 10:13:00 PM I'm not a dark chocolate fan, but I love the idea of selling good quality chocolate and healthy snacks. I've been involved in many fundraisers through out school -- from asking for money outside of the mall to car washes and door-to-door cookie sales. Good quality food sold in smaller quantities sounds like a good idea. ----- --------