Too many Kiwi kids in need are missing out because they’re too hungry, tired or unwell to focus in class. Our Village is made of up caring Kiwis like you who want to change that. Their monthly donations help us to feed and clothe kids in over 1000 schools and preschools daily so they can thrive and fulfil their potential.
The past year saw us deliver tens of thousands of shoes and jackets to children nationwide, and over 6 million food items. But the impact of this support goes far beyond keeping kids warm, dry and fed. Teachers report a change in behaviour and wellbeing. They see their children able to focus, learn and participate in school activities – and, importantly, gain a sense of dignity, equity and belonging.
Right now KidsCan is seeing a spike in demand, with schools ordering food for 10,000 more children this term than at the start of the year. We are hearing that some kids are missing school altogether because petrol is too expensive, or parents are too ashamed to send them without shoes or lunch. We’re already stepping up to meet the extra demand, but with our own costs rising and fewer people able to donate regularly, we need help to sustain that support.
We can continue to fill the tummies of 54,000 kids in schools and early childhood centres each day.
We can partner with the schools and early childhood centres on our waitlist who are desperate for our help.
The certainty of receiving a set monthly amount helps us to budget, plan and evolve our programmes to better meet children's needs.
"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."
“You may not personally see a child's face when they are handed a new pair of shoes or a warm jacket, but I can assure you that look of joy never gets old.”- Teacher
Schools with children who would benefit from KidsCan support can apply to become a partner school. Once a school finishes our application process, and we have adequate funding to support them on an ongoing basis, they have access to our free food, clothing and health products.
Shelf-stable, nutritious food including canned fruit, pasta, soup, scroggin and baked beans is delivered to schools once per term. Schools then distribute this to children needing breakfast, lunch or snacks.
Fleece-lined jackets are provided to the entire school roll to encourage inclusiveness, and shoes and socks are given to students identified by the school as needing them. Health products including hand sanitiser, nit treatment and period products are ordered as needed.