Children can’t learn if they are cold, wet and hungry. So we work with schools and preschools around the country to deliver the essentials to children in need so they can get the best possible chance in life.
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."
Sky-high food prices are being felt in classrooms, and KidsCan is now feeding 10,000 more hungry students compared to the beginning of the year. As children return to school for Term 4, Kidscan said it had fielded calls from principals who were in tears about the hunger and poverty they were seeing among students.
Verity Brogden is a 20-year old ambassador for KidsCan. ''I want to be a voice for kids in poverty. Not enough of us speak out about living through it, so then we're just thought of as statistics. And it's easier to ignore it, and to pretend it's not happening.''