The cost-of-living crisis is tough on every family. But children in poverty are suffering most. 15% of Kiwi kids are often unsure when they’ll next eat. Thanks to the support of people like you and the generosity of our Principal Partner Meridian Energy, KidsCan is able to fuel 44,000 kids daily so they can learn and fulfil their potential. But we urgently need your help to reach more. Just $15 will give a child a nutritious breakfast and morning tea for a week. Please give $15 today, to ensure kids don't go hungry tomorrow.
Education is a child’s pathway to a better future - but they can’t learn if they’re cold, wet, and hungry. We provide good food, warm clothes, and comfy shoes so children can attend school, focus in class, and fulfil their potential.
Schools and early childhood centres supported
Children fed every day
Jackets given since 2005
Pairs of shoes given since 2005
"KidsCan helped me out so much, with those little things of hope. When it's the only meal you're having a day, or your first new shoes, you can't even imagine the impact that has on kids. It's someone showing you they care about you. Just to feel like someone could see me and see what I was going through is really cool."
Vulnerable children are bearing the brunt of the cost-of-living crisis, with teachers in schools and early childhood centres supported by KidsCan reporting increasing concerns for their wellbeing. The charity has seen a spike in applications for help, with more than two thousand children on its waitlist. It has launched an urgent appeal to help feed children as winter hits.
“It’s clear how much this food means,” says Malan, the Assistant Principal at Haeata Community Campus, a decile 1 school in Christchurch. “We see a real difference in focus when our students are full.”