After presenting my idea for the cupcake club to one of my high school’s administrators, I learned that I needed to meet district wellness policies, health guidelines and find a suitable time to sell that did not compete with the cafeteria. I researched the district wellness policy and met with a district nutritionist where I learned about the health guidelines I needed to follow. I obtained a food handler’s card and calculated the percentages of calories, fats, and sugar in different recipes to ensure that our cupcakes met the necessary criteria. I spoke with the food service providers at my high school’s cafeteria and discovered we could not sell during breakfast or lunch because of sales competition. I was only allowed to sell one hour a week. I then proceeded to request a space to sell after school from the administration. I recruited a faculty adviser and appeared at several of my school’s site council meetings to present my case. Five months later the measure was approved by the site council to start the Cupcake Club.
Already, we have donated to our local animal shelter, Birth to Three (provides education for parents with young children), Food for Lane County (distributes meals to the homeless in the community), the Relief Nursery (offers support for at-risk children), and CASA (Career Appointed Special Advocates (provides funding for volunteers to represent children living in foster care).
In addition to benefiting individuals in our city, students, staff and Cupcake Club members learn the importance of the work that these local charities do. Representatives from the charities we support come and talk to the club about their work in the community. The Cupcake Club’s members have had the experience of using their passion for baking to benefit important non-profit organizations. I have also created an awareness in my school that teenagers have a responsibility to help those who are less fortunate and have helped establish relationships between my school and worthy non-profit organizations.