The Dirt Farmer Foundation’s CAUSE it’s AUGUST: The Kids In Need Foundation

The Dirt Farmer Foundation is our way of focusing the social media power of the Dirt Farmer’s community to help worthwhile charities.

Our CAUSE it’s AUGUST or Cause of the Month is:


"Help give kids the supplies they need to succeed"

The Kids In Need Foundation is a national non-profit organization that works to ensure that every child is prepared to learn and succeed by providing free school supplies nationally to students most in need.

For the 16 million kids who come from families struggling with extreme poverty, getting school supplies can make all the difference in the world to their future success. How can a kid be expected to succeed in the classroom without the basic tools to learn? Recent studies show that when kids have new school supplies of their own: Grades, classroom behavior, and engagement improve; Self-esteem increases; Attitudes toward school and learning strengthen.

In 2015, the Kids In Need Foundation helped 154,000 teachers and 4.8 million students in some of the most challenged communities across the country. In 20 years, The Kids In Need Foundation has distributed nearly $800 million in supplies to kids who would otherwise go without. Learn more HERE.

When families can barely afford rent and groceries, school supplies just can’t be a priority. For these students struggling with extreme poverty, The Kids In Need Foundation can offer school supplies. They serve kids at schools where at least 70% of students are enrolled in the federal free or reduced lunch program. They do this through their National Network of Resource Centers and their School Ready Supplies program. The Kids In Need Foundation also helps students affected by natural disasters return to normal routines with our Second Responder ® program.
Teachers are part of The Kids In Need Foundation as well. Teachers spend an average of $500 per year from their own pockets on school supplies for their classrooms. That’s why The Kids In Need Foundation offers 38 Resource Centers across the country where teachers can go to obtain free school supplies. They also offer a Teacher Grants program for educators to fund innovative projects in the classroom. Learn more HERE.

The Kids In Need Foundation (KINF) was established in 1995 by the school supplies and office products industry. Now in 2016, there are 38 affiliate Resource Centers. Headquartered in Dayton, Ohio, KINF also has additional staff based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. KINF has distributed nearly $800 million in school supplies since its founding, directly benefiting 4.8 million students and more than 150,000 teachers annually, and has awarded $1.7 million in grants to teachers. Learn more about The Kids In Need Foundation History HERE.

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

National Network of Resource Centers Program. The Kids In Need Foundation partners with 38 locations across the country to help distribute much needed school supplies to kids who would otherwise go without.

The Second Responder® Program is dedicated to providing school supplies to students affected by natural disasters. The Kids In Need Foundation works with local authorities, schools, and select sponsors to provide school supplies to help students return to normal routines.

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

Teacher Grants Program. Studies show that teachers spend an average of $500 per year of their own money to help kids whose families just can’t afford the required materials. The Kids In Need Foundation’s Teacher Grants program is dedicated to empowering educators with direct funding to conduct innovative learning experiences.

HOW CAN YOU HELP. There are many ways for you to connect with The Kids In Need Foundation and help support their mission. Here are some of the ways you can make a difference! You can make a financial donation or a product donation. You can hold a School Supply Drive, provide In-Kind services donations and you can Volunteer. Learn more HERE.


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