Angie Bastian, of Angie’s BOOMCHICKAPOP, to speak at KINF gala

Special Guest Speaker Angie Bastian

Announcing Angie Bastian, entrepreneur, co‐founder and namesake of Angie’s BOOMCHICKAPOP as the special guest speaker for the annual Kids In Need Foundation Fundraiser Gala.

MINNEAPOLIS –April 23, 2019 –The Kids In Need Foundation (KINF), a national non-profit dedicated to providing free school supplies to students most in need, is pleased to announce the special guest speaker for its annual fundraiser gala to be held June 18, 2019 in Minneapolis. The Foundation will welcome Angie Bastian, entrepreneur, co‐founder and namesake of Angie’s BOOMCHICKAPOP.

Bastian took a kernel of an idea and popped it into one of the fastest growing brands of natural popcorn. She and husband Dan founded their snack company in their Mankato, MN garage in 2001 as a means of creating a college fund for their children. Their gluten free, non‐GMO, whole grain popcorn is proudly sold in natural food, grocery, club and mass retail outlets nationwide with a product presence in Canada, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, the Caribbean, Central America, Mexico and Peru. Angie’s BOOMCHICKAPOP is loved by fans as an empowered, spirited brand that represents authentic, real food that delivers on the attributes of clean, transparent labeling and great taste experience. The company attracted investment from two private equity firms and was acquired by Conagra Brands October of 2017. It is one of the fastest growing and most successful popcorn brands in the market today.

The company has twice won Star Tribune’s Top workplace honors. Angie’s Boomchickapop is the 2015 ACG BOLD Award for corporate growth. She and Dan share Connect Business Magazine’s 2012 Person of the Year. Girl Scouts honored her as a Pioneering Trailblazer and she is a 2015 Inductee to the Minnesota Women’s Business Owner’s Hall of Fame. In 2017, she was awarded Pioneer in Food of Women’s Entrepreneurship Day #WEDO2017 at the United Nations. She has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, quoted in Forbes Magazine and appeared on the Martha Stewart Show. Her products have been recognized and awarded by numerous national publications and media.

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About The Kids In Need Foundation

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. The Kids In Need Foundation, a national 501(c)(3) charitable organization founded in 1995, has distributed $1 Billion in school supplies since the Foundation’s inception; and benefitted 6.2 million students and more than 200,000 teachers in 2017. For more information, visit, and join us on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram: @KidsInNeed.

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