Kids in Need Foundation
10 Sep 2018
Extreme poverty means kids come to school without the necessary tools to learn. The Kids in Need Foundation (KINF) is a nonprofit agency that assists Minnesota schools by providing basic classroom needs for schools with 70% or more of students qualifying for federal free and reduced lunch program.
The local affiliate, the Twin Cities Kids In Need Resource Center, operates as a free store located in Roseville. Teachers can come in once a semester to pick up backpacks and school supplies, receiving approximately $400 retail value of supplies for students.
In Minnesota, 231 public, private and charter schools are eligible for the program, with 190 of the schools in the Twin Cities area. Five Roseville Area Schools are eligible. The program is geared to elementary and middle school age students.
In 2016, Minnesota teachers made 3,691 shopping visits, receiving $1.6 million of school supplies for 110,730 students.
The Kids in Need Foundation was founded in 1995 by the school and office supply industry, including such businesses as 3M, Acco Brands, BIC, Crayola, Dixon Ticonderoga and Georgia Pacific. KINF opened its Roseville location in 2012. They have 13 employees and rely on about 25 volunteers, mostly retired teachers, who help throughout the year. In addition, individuals, businesses, social groups and others volunteer on special projects throughout the year. If your business is interested in helping support the Twin Cities Kids In Need Resource Center, they can be reached at 612-465-0135.