Being a kid, you probably dreaded going back to school, but loved getting school supplies. They were always a sign of a fresh year; a fresh start. But it’s possible that if your parents have a hard time getting the budget to stretch for food, they have a hard time getting school supplies too. Not only that, teachers often find themselves purchasing supplies out of their pocket to help keep the classroom stocked. Our Kids In Need school supply distribution program helps to change that.
Kids In Need is a year-round free store for educators. The Kids In Need mission is to provide learning supplies for students whose academic success is threatened by poverty. Every year, Kids In Need is proud to distribute hundreds of thousands of pounds of brand new school supplies to teachers in low-income schools. For a school to qualify, at least 80% of the students must be enrolled in the federal free and reduced meal program. There is absolutely no cost to teachers or schools. Not only that, teachers are invited to make an appointment and shop in the Kids In Need store. It’s set up much like a retail store and is continuously stocked with school and art supplies for grade levels Pre-K through 12.
Last year, over 474,428 pounds of school supplies were distributed to nearly 400,000 students through over 5,000 teacher visits to Kids In Need. We’re already geared up for another amazing year. Over 400 teachers from qualifying schools shopped in July for brand new, free school supplies for their classrooms!
If you’re interested in hosting a school supply drive or would like to learn more about the program and the school systems it serves, visit our Kids In Need page.