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Donations for Carnival food

Hello! Our elementary school carnival is April 30, 2010. Wondering if people out there know any companies in Minnesota who have donated food, decorations, paper products or prizes for school events? We live in Eagan, a suburb of St. Paul. Other cities around us are Apple Valley and Rosemount. We are looking into grocery stores at this time.

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Asked by saykay at 9:43 AM on Mar. 10, 2010 in Entertainment

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  • I've done school carnivals before, and another good place to ask is bulk food stores like Costco (selling big pickles was always a hit for us...). Also, if you have groups in your area like American Legions or VFW's, etc, they will sometimes donate money to buy stuff.

    Also, if you don't mind the suggestion, I would make a list of what you would like to have, then price these items at the various stores in your area. Because that way, if the store gives you items, great. But usually, they will give you a voucher worth so much in their store. So, if you know hot dogs are cheaper at store A, but buns are cheaper at store B, use the voucher from store A for hot dogs and the one from store B for the buns (so you get more "bang for your buck". :-)


    Answer by sailorwifenmom at 6:21 PM on Mar. 10, 2010

  • Oh - another great place to look is to check your yellow pages for distributions centers / distributors for snack companies. They won't always give a donation, but we've had them sell us products (like sodas, individual bags of chips, etc) at cost (which can add up to a pretty good savings...).

    We did that once for a Homecoming when my dh was deployed. We weren't allowed to accept a donation from them, but we could buy it at cost, which saved us a lot of money.

    Answer by sailorwifenmom at 6:25 PM on Mar. 10, 2010

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