1. What does your organization do? 

Our organization is all about school supplies changing lives. We focus on distributing school supplies to teachers and students who are in some of the most challenged communities across the country. In our 22 years, we have distributed nearly $900 million in supplies to kids who would otherwise go without.

  1. What is your mission? 

The Kids In Need Foundation’s mission is to ensure that every child is prepared to learn and succeed in the classroom by providing free school supplies nationally to students most in need.

  1. Can KINF donate school supplies directly to my children?

The Kids In Need Foundation partners with Resource Centers across the country where teachers go to get school supplies for their students. Please contact your local United Way to see if any of their agencies can provide school supplies or contact your child’s school and connect with the school social worker.

  1. Can I get school supplies for my students if my school is not near a Resource Center?

Teachers from schools not serviced by the National Network of Resource Centers are encouraged to apply for a teacher grant.  Applications will be available this summer, in time for the 2017-18 school year.  Be sure to connect with KINF on social media @KidsinNeed to find out when the grant applications become available.

  1. Will KINF donate or accept school supplies internationally?

While we know there is a great need for school supplies in many parts of the world, our foundation only serves students in the continental United States where the need is still so great. Try reaching out to World Vision for help with international assistance.

  1. Can I get school supplies for the low income families at the social service agency I work at?

Each Resource Center has their own way of distributing school supplies. Please contact the Resource Center closest to you to see if you are able to get school supplies from them.

  1. How do I donate school supplies to KINF?

We could not do what we do every day without our generous donors who keep our shelves fully stocked with core supplies. Please fill out our product donation form and adhere to our donation guidelines.

  1. Will KINF donate school supplies to my supply drive?  

We are very appreciative of what you plan to do, but we do not donate supplies to supply drives. If you need help running your drive check out our School Supply Drive Toolkit.

  1. Is there a possibility of partnering with the Kids in Need Foundation to receive donated backpacks and supplies?

The School Ready Supplies program is tailored for organizations interested in conducting school supply giveaways in their communities and have either the funding available or sponsors. They are pre-assembled and can be delivered anywhere within the continental United States.

  1. Do you support recognized 501 (c) (3) charities in the USA?

The Kids In Need Foundation partners with our National Network of Resource Centers. Please contact your local United Way to see if any of their agencies can provide school supplies.

  1. My students attend charter schools, are there options for them as well?  

The Resource Centers mostly serve schools in their local communities where 70% or more of the kids are on a federal nutrition program. Please check to see if there is a Resource Center in your area that supports your school.

  1. Do you have an application I could fill out for your school supplies program?

School supplies are distributed through our national network of Resource Centers where teachers go to obtain the school supplies for their students. However, we are designing a grant program in which teachers can apply for school supplies for their classrooms. Applications will be available this summer, in time for the 2017-18 school year. Be sure to connect with KINF on social media @KidsinNeed to find out when the grant applications become available.

  1. Can you send my homeschooled children school supplies?

The Kids In Need Foundation partners directly with our Resource Centers across the country where teachers go to get school supplies for their students. Please contact your local United Way to see if any of their agencies can provide school supplies.

  1. Can you help us start a club at my high school that holds school supply drives?

We can help you facilitate the drive through our School Supply Drive Toolkit. Be sure to fill out our participation and donation forms, so we can make arrangements for your supplies to be delivered to one of our affiliate Resource Centers.

  1. I asked one of your partner organizations for a donation and they told me to contact you. Can I get donations from you?

We partner with a number of organizations that donate to us. These donations are distributed to our Resource Centers across the country where teachers go to get school supplies for their students. If you are a teacher, we encourage you to contact the Resource Center closest to you. If you are an individual, please contact your local United Way or your child’s school social worker to see if any of their agencies can provide school supplies

  1. How can I volunteer with KINF?

All of our Resource Centers nationwide operate with the help of dedicated volunteers eager to make an impact. Learn more about volunteering by contacting your nearest Resource Center.

  1. How do I get school supplies from a Resource Center?

Each resource center operates under their own unique guidelines for distributing school supplies. Most of the resource centers support challenged communities where 70% or more of the kids are on a federal nutrition program. Please contact the Resource Center closest to you to find out how to shop.

  1. How can we connect on social media?

We love hearing from you! Spread our mission with your network by posting photos of you volunteering, shopping, or using your school supplies in the classroom. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest @KidsInNeed.

  1. How can my company donate?

There are many ways your organization can get involved with KINF. Your company can support KINF through product, in-kind services, or financial donations. There are also opportunities for your organization to hold a sponsor a backpack build through our School Ready Supplies or Second Responder programs, hold a school supply drive or volunteer at a Resource Center.

  1. Who do you partner with?

We partner with generous brands, companies, and individuals who understand the need to give back and make sure all kids start school off ready to learn. Check out our partner’s page to see the entire list.

  1. What are your programs?

The Kids In Need Foundation operates four key programs to help facilitate our efforts so that all students have access to quality school supplies to learn and succeed.

National Network of Resource Centers: We partner with resource centers across the country to distribute school supplies to children who would otherwise go without.

Second Responder: Provides school supplies to students affected by natural disasters.

School Ready Supplies: Through community sponsorships this program can provide pre-assembled backpacks filled with essential school supplies or deliver bulk supplies to host backpack building events.

Teacher Grants: Each year, we provide grants to teachers to buy school supplies for their classrooms. Applications will be available this summer, in time for the 2017-18 school year.

  1. How do you distribute your products?

Our products are distributed between our National Network of Resource Centers, which mostly serves students in challenged communities where 70% or more of the kids are on a federal nutrition program and through our Second Responder Program, that provides school supplies to students affected by natural disasters.

  1. How do I donate financially to KINF?

Thank you so much for wanting to learn more about how to donate. We know school supplies change lives. Just $25 provides a backpack full of supplies to a student in need. Donating is easy and can all be done securely on our website.

  1. Can I donate printing, shipping, or other in-kind service donations to your organization?

Absolutely, we would love to talk more about what you are willing to contribute. Contact us to learn more about in-kind services donations.

When families struggle financially, school supplies just can't be a priority. In 2016, we directly supported 5.4 million kids with new supplies.

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