KidsCan is New Zealand's leading charity dedicated to helping Kiwi kids affected by poverty. We help children experiencing hardship by providing food, jackets, shoes and health products to schools and early childhood centres across New Zealand. With these essentials, kids can participate in learning and have the opportunity for a better future.
KidsCan believes that education is a child's ticket out of poverty, and gives them the opportunity for a better future. But kids can't learn when they are cold, wet and hungry. So we partner with schools and early childhood centres across New Zealand to give the 1 in 5 Kiwi kids affected by poverty the essentials they need to learn.
KidsCan's food programme provides nutritious, hearty breakfast, snack and lunch foods to 40,000 hungry school kids every day. Our clothing programme gives children new fleece-lined jackets and sturdy shoes, so they arrive at school warm and dry, no matter the weather. Our early childhood centre programme provides preschoolers with a jacket, shoes and socks and freshly prepared meals daily.
KidsCan partner schools and early childhood centres report our programmes help increase participation and attendance of their students. KidsCan alumni tell us that being warm and dry at school, with a guaranteed meal every day, helped them with their learning and achieve their goals.