Author: Jack Krause
While many delivery services bring food right to your door, a start-up cookie delivery service wants to bring it to you in style. The â€œSecret CSU Cookieâ€ delivery service was planned to be a new service that brought baked goods to you in a 007 fashion, with couriers wearing all black and sunglasses. Unfortunately, some roadblocks came up along the way.
The idea came to Ana Akana and Cailley Baigini following one of their missionsâ€™ trips to Malawi, a South African country notorious for its poverty rate and malnourishment. They felt the benevolent desire to further help by donating to the Malawi Childrenâ€™s Mission charity. Now all they needed was an idea. They found that since they both could bake, and there wasnâ€™t a current baked goods delivery service for dorms, that the â€œSecret CSU Cookieâ€ was a good idea. They set out and began delivering, and yet there was an obstacle.
Colorado State’s Sales and Solicitations policy states that what they were doing, though noble, is not permitted. Unlicensed products canâ€™t be sold on campus, particularly food products. “Non-approved vendors will not be authorized to sell or solicit sale of products or services, solicit donations, or hand out or post advertising on campus.” The policy explains this prohibition is due to a lack of regulation. The policy was instated 4 years ago after cases of food poisoning and other related mishandling incidents occurred.
â€œWe should have done this before we started, but we were just eager to start making cookies and getting money as soon as possibleâ€¦ SLiCE was really excited about the idea but they told us that selling homemade goods was against regulation policy,â€ Akana said.
Down, but not out, they decided to work with CRU, a Christian organization on campus, and are now selling their cookies through the meetings they have every Thursday. So though you may not have them delivered to your door, you can still get some delicious desserts and donate to a good cause.