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Bulk Corn Sale

Lake Hamilton High School, AR

280 Wolf Street, Pearcy, AR, USA
Lake Hamilton School District
Director: Jon Shultz
Category: Fundraising Event
Award: Bronze, 2019

Project Description

Our program sold locally grown sweet corn in bulk.

Esau’s Sweet Corn is grown in a Mennonite community in Southeast Arkansas and is known throughout the state for taste and quality. Our program had four ‘sell days’ and delivered product the following week. Students collected money up front, so there was no start up cost for this fundraiser.

We sold 572 bags (50-60 ears per bag) @ $25 per bag ($11.50 per bag cost/$13.50 per bag profit) for an overall profit of $7722.00

We delivered corn to our band hall, and used it as a centralized pick up location with designated pick up times.

Target Audience

We targeted friends, family, and community members through direct sales and social media.

Overall budget


Specific Budget Breakdown

We printed the order forms, this was done on our program copier and was our only true expense at around $0.009 per copy. 200 copies @ 0.009 for a cost of $1.80

Lake Hamilton School District loaned us a refrigerated truck to pick up the corn on both delivery dates and provided gas. A band parent with a CDL volunteered to drive on both dates.

Attached photo is from Esau’s web-site.

New or recurring project?

New Project

Challenges/obstacles that were encountered

The farm did not anticipate the volume we were able to sell. We had to split delivery into two dates because they were not able to deliver all 572 bags at once. This was easily rescheduled using our social media accounts and Remind App.

Also- you would definitely need a refrigerated truck for and a cool storage space for perishable items.

Measurement of the success/effectiveness of this project?

We considered this project to be very successful for it’s first year. There were no start up or upfront costs, and the farm was willing to give a volume discount on the corn. Since we collected the money up front there was no exposure to risk or loss to the band program. We made $7722 profit within 7 days.

Advice for someone looking to replicate this project in their own community?

Find something people really want. Esau’s Corn is know throughout Arkansas, and the Mississippi Delta. It’s a novelty because Dumas is so far from where we live that not many people in our community have access to it. Being able to deliver a delicacy at an affordable price incentivized purchase for many of our patrons.

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