The Kids In Need Foundation Awarded Youth Wellness Grant by Target to Support Healthy and Active Living For Students, Nationwide
MINNEAPOLIS – June 28, 2016 – Today, The Kids In Need Foundation announced it has been awarded a grant from Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) for $150,000 as part of Target’s ongoing youth wellness efforts. The Kids In Need Foundation provides school supplies to kids who need them most, nationwide. This year, the Kids In Need Foundation […]
MINNEAPOLIS – June 28, 2016 – Today, The Kids In Need Foundation announced it has been awarded a grant from Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) for $150,000 as part of Target’s ongoing youth wellness efforts.
The Kids In Need Foundation provides school supplies to kids who need them most, nationwide. This year, the Kids In Need Foundation will help nearly 5 million students in the most challenged communities across the United States by bringing free school supplies to classrooms where 70% or more of the student population qualifies for federal free or reduced lunch.
In our established National Network of 38 affiliate Resource Centers for teachers across the US, we will introduce “The Healthy and Active Living Corner.” We will develop a simple supply station for teachers that encourage physical fitness and healthy eating. These Healthy and Active Living Corners will have the supplies a teacher needs to bring fitness and fun to the school year. The items featured will have a distinctly “low-tech” approach. Everyone, of all income and access levels, will enjoy these games and activities. Supplies will include: Jump ropes, balls, chalk, and other games. We will also include: Journals, pencils, pens, and markers to encourage self-expression, journaling and creativity. Water bottles and healthy snacks will encourage healthy eating and wellness.
“To be successful in school, kids need to have healthy minds and healthy bodies,” said Dave Smith, executive director, The Kids In Need Foundation. “By giving teachers these simple tools, we will remove financial barriers, so all students can incorporate healthy practices into their daily lives. We are encouraging a healthy mind and body, as well as the importance of play every day.”
“At Target, we are committed to helping make wellness a way of life for our team members, guests and communities,” said Laysha Ward, chief corporate social responsibility officer, Target. “That’s why we are excited to partner with an impressive array of organizations who are already doing such important work to make an impact in the wellness space. Together, we will help remove barriers to wellness in our communities, working to increase the consumption of nutrient-dense food and physical activity of kids and families across the country.”
The grant is part of Target’s ongoing efforts to help make wellness more affordable, accessible and inspirational for its team members, guests and communities. Target also is partnering closely with local leaders and organizations in communities around the country who are experts in youth wellness and actively working to close the wellness gap for children. These efforts are part of Target’s long history of giving 5 percent of its profit to communities, which today equals more than $4 million every week.
The Kids In Need Foundation works every day to address the barriers of access, affordability, and inspiration for kids in the most challenged communities. With our mission to ensure all children have the tools they need to learn and succeed in the classroom, The Healthy and Active Living Corner is a natural fit for our teacher resource centers. All students, no matter what their families can or can’t afford, need access to tools that promote healthy eating and active living.
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 by providing free school supplies nationally to students most in need. Four key programs help facilitate our efforts:
- A National Network of 38 Resource Centers where teachers from low-income schools can go to obtain free school supplies
- Communities not served by Resource Centers are accommodated through our School Ready Supplies program, where we deliver the necessary supplies directly to schools with the greatest need
- Students who have gone through natural disasters are helped to return to normal routines with new backpacks and supplies through our Second Responder® program
- We also operate a Teacher Grants program where we award preK–12 educators with direct funds to provide innovative learning experiences
The Kids In Need Foundation is a national 501(c)(3) charitable organization founded in 1995. We have distributed nearly $800 million in school supplies since our founding, directly benefiting 4.8 million students and more than 150,000 teachers annually. For more information, visit KINF.org, and join us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: @KidsInNeed
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) serves guests at 1,792 stores and at Target.com. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit to communities, which today equals more than $4 million a week. For more information, visit Target.com/Pressroom. For a behind-the-scenes look at Target, visit Target.com/abullseyeview or follow @TargetNews on Twitter.