Without further ado, here’s why you’re gonna hate me:
I am involved with a non-profit organization, and we are thinking about getting into the food and drink business at local events. Some of us have already helped another non-profit in their venture, which is very successful, and going off their success we are going to get our feet wet………
…….Reading through threads on here, I have gathered that some of you don’t like low prices and low quality food……..
…….Remember we are non-profit, but we will still pay sales tax. It’s the law, we have to abide by it…….
A lot of vendors here don’t like non-profit groups because they often get special treatment from the event promoters in the way of discounted space, often get donated food, and donated labor. A “for profit” vendor pays full fare for everything and often has to sell thoudands of dollars worth of product to cover space, permitting, labor, and the cost of the product before he puts a dime in his pocket. Seems like a lot of the folks here are a lot more than hot dog/sausage sandwich vendors and sell BBQ, etc. So they really don’t care if a npo is selling hot dogs for a buck because they aren’t direct competition. I can tell you that the fella trying to peddle dogs for 2 bucks is not going to be happy with the competition.
As far as “low quality” food goes, if you are selling at a large event, the quality (especially hot dogs) means less. If I were to book a large event, I would go with your thinking and sell “pig lips and a$$holes” Ball Park franks at a low price and sell a ton of them. For my regular spot, I wouldn’t sell anything less than a natural casing deli frank.
Don’t even offer Chili or Cheese. Set up a condiment table with ketchup and mustard and let them dress the dogs themselves. This leaves you and your helper concentrate on slinging dogs and collecting money.
Also remember that you aren’t paying sales tax. You are collecting it for the governor. Even as a npo, you should still have to abide by the health dept. rules and regulations regarding serving food to the general public. In some areas, this could mean your volunteers taking a food handling course. In my travels, I have seen npo’s bypass some of the rules and regs that commercial vendors had to comply with. This is one of the reasons why you hear negative things about npo’s. I understand that you want to raise money for your cause, but guys like me are trying to feed our families and not lose our homes.