October 28, 2016

MINNEAPOLIS – October 27, 2016 – With the goal to provide students the supplies they need to succeed in school and in life, The Kids In Need Foundation (KINF) announces today a partnership with the Literacy Matters Foundation. Literacy Matters will work with KINF to provide thousands of books for students and teachers in low-income communities. The books will help kids most in need practice their reading skills and develop a love of reading.

While many students in America have access to books in schools and in libraries, many low-income students have never owned their own copy of a book. Together, KINF and Literacy Matters will provide students with their own books to read at home.

“Literacy is the bedrock of learning and we are so proud to partner with the Literacy Matters Foundation to equip kids with the tools they need to feel confident and successful,” said Dave Smith, executive director of The Kids in Need Foundation. “When children learn to read, their entire world is suddenly filled with new opportunities and adventures. I’m thrilled we can be a part of that process.”

The Kids in Need Foundation will include the book donations in backpacks filled school supplies, so that children can have their own copy of a book to read during the school year. The books will also be available in the KINF Resource Centers throughout the country so teachers can take and utilize the books in their classrooms.

“Literacy Matters Foundation strives to promote literacy and encourage reading one student at a time. We believe that not only should every child learn to read, but every child should have their own books to practice and promote reading regardless of their financial situation,” said Todd Zoellick, president and CEO of Literacy Matters Foundation. “Our partnership with The Kids in Need Foundation will help instill a life-long passion for reading and learning.”
About Kids In Need Foundation

The Kids In Need Foundation’s mission is to ensure that every child is prepared to learn and succeed by providing free school supplies nationally to students most in need. The Kids In Need Foundation, a national 501(c)(3) charitable organization founded in 1995, has distributed nearly $800 million in school supplies, directly benefiting 4.8 million students and more than 150,000 teachers annually. For more information, visit kinf.org, and join us at twitter.com/kidsinneed & fb.com/kidsinneed.

About Literacy Matters Foundation

Literacy Matters Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation that relies on donations and gifts from corporations, foundations, charitable organizations, government grants, and individuals to support our mission:  provide books to children who need resources to practice reading and provide resources to the adults in early readers’ lives’ to help propel them forward in their reading. For more information, visit http://literacymattersfoundation.org.



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