Churches raise money for various causes throughout the year and the holidays are particularly important fundraising times. Churchgoers and local residents turn out in mass to shop at church holiday bazaars and flea markets. Church volunteers can raise even more money by selling popcorn. All they need are a few popcorn supplies and the right equipment.
Small and large capacity popcorn machines are available at reasonable prices. Even a church with a small budget should be able to find an appropriate model. While volunteers are ordering the machine, they should also order the popping oil, corn, and supplies. A starter kit that features a small supply of corn, butter, oil, and seasoning salt is a great way to begin. This kit also includes bags, measuring cups for oil and corn, and a plastic scoop for doling out the corn.
Once volunteers get the hang of things, they will feel comfortable ordering corn, oil, and other supplies in bulk. Machines typically use coconut or canola oil and available quantities range from a one-gallon jug to a 50-pound pail. Trial and error will reveal how much corn and oil should be ordered to last through holiday season events. When in doubt, order more than needed because the extra supplies can always be used throughout the week.
Nothing makes popcorn taste better than buttery topping and this is sold by the case. People can drizzle or pump on the butter to saturate their popcorn. Special bags prevent the butter from leaking and help keep the bag from tipping over and spilling the treat on the floor. Popcorn seasoning is another popular topping that is also sold by the case and is sure to be a hit.
Scoop boxes allow people to help themselves to delicious popcorn without the need for a scoop. Each box holds between 2.5 and 1.25 ounces of freshly popped corn. Ordering several boxes of each size ensures that attendees get as much popcorn as they want. Popcorn tubs also come in various sizes and are similar to what you get at the movies.
Setting up a popcorn stand complete with a few machines and popcorn supplies like bags, butter containers with pumps, and seasoning dispensers allows people to top their popcorn however they like. Charge a reasonable price for each serving size and this area will be a huge profit center. Popcorn machines last for years, paying for themselves many times over.