Plan a Vegan Bake Sale
Only three rules
- The goods on sale must be vegan. For baking, this means no dairy products or eggs.
- The money collected through each bake sale should be donated to a registered charity, ideally working on one of ProVeg’s core themes – ProAnimals, ProEnvironment, ProHealth, or ProJustice.
- Do not do anything that contributes to the suffering of animals.
How can you contribute?
Anyone can participate – individuals and informal groups, organisations and charities, or cafes and restaurants. We encourage school clubs, scout troops, religious organisations, and also groups of friends who’d like to organise an event as part of the Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale.
Are you an individual?
We also provide an easy option for individuals who want to participate but are short on time or resources. Instead of organising a big sale, do a free giveaway of vegan treats at work, school, or a community event. Accompany your treats with vegan recipes and positive, constructive literature for a bigger impact (try to avoid shocking images, but rather focus on the health, environmental, and animal welfare benefits of plant-based food).
Are you an organisation or charity?
You can both host a bake sale in your community or at one of your organisation’s spaces, as an open day. Or you can send out a call to encourage volunteers, members, and supporters of your cause to organise multiple smaller bake sales at the local level.
Are you a cafe or restaurant?
Here are some ideas regarding how your bakery, restaurant, or store can participate:
- Donate a percentage of your sales
- Donate items to a participating Vegan Bake Sale
- Let a group hold a Bake Sale at your business
- Help promote local events and/or the larger campaign in your establishment and/or online
Set a date!
Plan your Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale event on one or multiple days between April 15-30.
If you want to participate but cannot do so during the official time period, that’s okay too. Just pick a date that works for you, and let us know. We want everybody to be able to take part in this fun event!
Choose a suitable location!
Selecting a good venue is important. But often you need to deal with some regulations:
Do some research online and check with local officials concerning regulations in your area. For example, some jurisdictions require that items be individually wrapped beforehand. In some countries, you may need a permit from the health department to hand out food at an event. Keep in mind that these rules don’t apply to every country. Please check the laws of your own country with regard to food sales.
If the regulations for Bake Sales in your town seem too restrictive or confusing, it often helps to contact more than one official, or team up with a local cafe. Don’t hesitate to ask follow-up questions. Other sources of possible information are churches or civic groups that have recently held a Bake Sale in your area.
In some cases, there are fewer restrictions if you give food away and ask for donations, rather than sell the food outright. Ask officials in your area for details.
You may find that restrictions are looser if you hold the Bake Sale in a private facility, such as an office building or a church.
Choose a good cause!
Contact the charity to whom you would like to donate. The money collected through each bake sale should be donated to a registered charity – animal sanctuaries, environmental organisations, vegan advocacy groups, and disaster relief efforts are just a few of the charities that would benefit from increased funding and exposure. Ask if they will help you promote your Bake Sale. If so, you could offer to give them some fliers and write posts for their newsletter.
If you’re raising money for a charity, you can ask local businesses if they’d like to make matching pledges, i.e., donations that match whatever you give to the designated charity from your Bake Sale proceeds. If you’re going to do so, get a receipt from the registered charity when you give them the proceeds. You can then present the receipt to businesses that made pledges, as proof of the donation to match.
Register and let us know about your event!
Be part of an event that will raise money for your favourite charity, and publicise the many benefits of a cruelty-free diet!
Next step: PREPARE your Vegan Bake Sale.