Research

KidsCan Food for Kids Research 2010

‘Food for Kids’ Literature reports show that school food programmes are generally associated with improvements and in KidsCan’s key areas of interest, the results in this study showed that improvements were noted in areas such as behaviour, concentration, attendance and social differences. The research has highlighted the positive aspects of the programme and has demonstrated that the freedom accorded to schools by KidsCan has allowed them to use the food in ways which meet the evident need in their school communities. Schools were clearly using the food well and to good effect, in ways that ensured children were fed and were not stigmatised as a result, and that enhanced their wellbeing. They were also using it on occasion to support the families of those children in need,...

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KidsCan Shoes for Kids findings 2010

‘Shoes for Kids’ There were positive effects observed for children receiving shoes, particularly in relation to increasing their ability to participate, and participate at a level equal to their peers. This participation may also positively impact on children’s physical health. The effect on self esteem and pride was also notable, particularly when the children are first given the shoes.  Overall, the shoes were considered to be of significant benefit to the children as they contributed to the schools’ ability to create a culture of caring, where children feel valued and have a sense of belonging – and it is this type of environment that enhances the likelihood of children being able to thrive and succeed at school. This aspect of the programme made it stand out as a great...

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KidsCan Raincoats for Kids findings 2010

The ‘Raincoats for Kids’ programme is very well received by schools, parents and children. School staff members were satisfied with the logistics of ordering and delivery. Schools were pleased that the guidelines were flexible enough to fit the programme to the school, including how to distribute and recycle the raincoats. There is no stigma associated with the raincoats and the children take good care of them. The raincoats were positively influencing children’s attendance, self-esteem and pride the association with the All Blacks was well received. Additionally, there were examples of the raincoats reducing social differences for some children as they looked the same as their peers and attended activities as a unified...

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Massey Research 2007

In 2007, Massey University undertook a detailed project investigating the operation and outcomes of KidsCan programmes. They visited schools, interviewed teachers and solicited feedback from the children involved. A summary of the report’s key findings is provided below.

A programme tackling child poverty by giving raincoats to children at low decile schools has done more than simply keep kids dry – it has boosted their self-esteem, pride in their school and attendance in the process. Professor Mike O’Brien, who teaches and researches social policy at Massey’s School of Social and Cultural Studies, has evaluated the free raincoat scheme provided by the KidsCan Charitable Trust - believed to be unique internationally. A concurrent scheme provides free low sugar, low fat...

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