General Questions

No. You can shop for your favorite snacks and household items and checkout as a guest. However, in order for your school to receive funds you must choose a school prior to shopping.

We offer trusted brand name products that kids love, from Rice Krispies Treats, Pop Tarts, Cheez-It crackers, delicious belVita breakfast biscuits, crispy and rustic Sunchips, Welch’s fruit snacks, and more.

We also offer healthier snacking options than typical grocery store options; these items can be identified by the “Better for You” overlay when shopping on our site. “Better for You” refers to items that contain some of these benefits including reduced fat, fat free, reduced sugar, sugar free, gluten-free, nut-free, low sodium, etc.

We also have a select offering of household items and school supplies.

Preferred Essentials offers healthier snacking options to your regularly purchased snacks. These items can be identified by the “Better for You” overlay when shopping on our site. Better for you refers to items that contain some of these benefits including reduced fat, fat free, reduced sugar, sugar free, gluten-free, nut-free, low sodium, etc.

Look for items marked Better for You when browsing our snack options. These will identify products that are Nut-Free and Gluten-Free as well as other key health benefits.

We welcome your suggestions for brands and products that you would like to see as part of our program. Feel free to contact us.

We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express as well as Amazon Payments and Paypal.

Yes, we accept orders 24/7/365 on the internet.

Preferred Essentials delivers to 48 US states at this time. For shipments to Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, or Canada, please call Customer Service at 1.888.985.2352.

Yes. If you would prefer to pickup your order at our conveniently located warehouse, you can do so. See Contact us page for our warehouse address.

You will be notified via e-mail with a tracking number when your online order ships.

Typically orders are processed on the same day and delivered in 1-2 business days with standard shipping. Orders outside of the tri-state area may take longer to receive depending on distance from warehouse.

There’s free shipping on all orders over $49.

Promo codes can be redeemed during the checkout process and are limited one code per order.

We can accept returns within 30 days of the sale date. If anything is wrong with an item you received (ie. damaged, defective items) we must be notified within 5 days of delivery. For all undeliverable addresses, a credit will automatically be applied to your account, less shipping charges. Please call our Customer Care Department at 1.888-985-2352 or read our return policy.

Preferred Essentials is required by law to collect and pay sales tax to states that have applicable taxes. This can also apply to shipping charges. Taxes are subject to change based on federal, state, and local laws that are routinely and frequently updated. If your group is tax exempt, please contact our Customer Service department and we will determine if your current documented status qualifies your sale as tax exempt.

Preferred Essentials is currently only located in the USA, but is considering expansion into other countries.

Simply sign up for a free account with Preferred Essentials. This will allow you to save a shopping list of your favorite items and store your selected school and the amount of your contributions to that school.

On the header of the website look for your school logo and words “amount raised” and “your contribution”.

We take every precaution to protect all sensitive data sent to us over the Internet. Your personal and credit card information provided on your order is transmitted in an encrypted format ensuring your safety and privacy. View our privacy policy. Additionally, our site has has several security features to protect all personal information. View certificates at the bottom of our website.

We may be able to accommodate bulk purchasing and shipping requests. To place your order, please call our Customer Service Department at 1.888.985.2352. They are available Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. EST.

P.O. Box is located in a post office and they won’t accept deliveries directly from most carriers.

Either e-mail us or call our Customer Service Department at 1.888.985.2352. They are available Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. EST.

Your credit card is charged after your order enters the shipping process.

Fundraising Questions

Preferred Essentials is a school fundraising company dedicated to improving the lives of all students nationwide. Our premise is simple— when you shop for school essentials like snacks and supplies through our website, 20% goes back to your school.

We want the snack buying process to help schools fundraise for extracurricular activities, classroom resources, field trips, and more. Instead of buying snacks at the grocery store, we’re asking you to order your kids’ favorites on our site and at the end of each month, we will write a check for your school for the funds raised. You might think of us as an online version of “Box Tops for Education,” but our 20% back model has the potential to generate more fundraising dollars. Consider this: if 100 households spend $100 each on snacks in just one month, that’s $2,000 for your school.

Each Box Tops clip is worth $0.10, for every product. Compared to our cheapest product, Welch’s fruit snacks, which are $0.79, the 20% raised from this snack alone is $0.16. Note: we offer free shipping for all orders over $49.

Fundraising allows students the opportunity to grow in more personal ways than basic education through extra curricular activities. Activities like arts, music, and sports, help students explore their interests and nurtures their sense of creative or active being. All parents and teachers should know that there’s more to education than learning from a book— it’s also about experiences that enrich the mind. There are many specific benefits for students to participate in such programs including:


  • Multiple studies have concluded that curricular and extracurricular art studies and activities help keep high-risk dropout students stay in school.
  • Students who study art are 4 times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement and 3 times more likely to be awarded for school attendance.
  • Arts and music education programs are mandatory in countries that rank consistently among the highest for math and science test scores, like Japan, Hungary, and the Netherlands.
  • One study group showed that 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students who were taught a foreign language every day in school outperformed the students who were not exposed to a foreign language on their Basic Skills Test.
  • Students who study foreign languages tend to score better on standardised tests than their monolingual peers, particularly in the categories of maths, reading, and vocabulary. Source
  • Researchers find that sustained learning in music and theater correlates strongly with higher achievement in both math and reading.
  • New brain research shows that not only does music improve skills in math and reading, but it promotes creativity, social development, personality adjustment, and self-worth.
  • Field trips to live theater enhance literary knowledge, tolerance, and empathy among students, according to a study.

Physical activity, and sports in particular, can positively affect aspects of personal development among young people, such as self-esteem, goal-setting, and leadership. Source

#Snacktogiveback reveals our simple premise as a school fundraiser. When you purchase snacks or school supplies through our site, 20% goes back to your school as fundraising money.

In order for your school to receive any fundraising amounts, your school must be registered. Contact the administrators of your school or your board of ed and let them know about this opportunity.

Our pricing is in line and often better than most retail stores.

School registration is free and there are no additional fees to participate in the program.

Preferred Essentials is an easy to use fundraiser. You can now shop for your favorite snacks and help your school without needing to buy useless products or soliciting door to door. Just snack to give back and help your school today!

Preferred Essentials provides a monthly check for 20% of your purchase to your school that can be allocated to the programs of their choice.

Typically these funds are used to support Extracurricular activities such as sports, music and art programs and after school clubs.

Periodically, we offer coupon codes and additional discounts for first time schoolwide participation and discount codes for repeat customers. Sign up for a user account to receive promotions and news.

Yes. All schools can participate in the Preferred Essentials School Fundraising program by simply completing the registration form here.

You can either email or call a PTA/PTO or fundraising coordinator from your school and share this unique fundraiser with them.