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'The Toughest Start’ – Families Struggle With Back-to-school Costs As Schools Brace For Another Tumultuous Year

Tuesday, 1 February 2022, 6:56 am | KidsCan

Low decile schools are preparing for a tumultuous start to the school year, warning children in poverty will be missing from classrooms as families struggle with both back-to-school costs, and the impact of Omicron. Staff in nearly two hundred schools ... More >>

'Critical Support Is Needed' - Teachers Call For Help To Feed Children In Hardship

Monday, 30 August 2021, 5:59 am | KidsCan

Families in hardship are in urgent need of food as they struggle in the ‘hardest lockdown yet’, teachers say. KidsCan contacted schools and early childhood centres in areas hit by positive Covid-19 cases, with heartbreaking responses. “I was lying ... More >>

More Than 4,000 Children Wait For Help As Temperatures Plunge

Tuesday, 15 June 2021, 6:51 am | KidsCan

Children living in hardship are facing a miserable winter without enough food or adequate clothing, as schools prepare for a drop in attendance. More than 4,000 children in 13 schools and 127 early childhood centres are waiting for KidsCan’s help, as ... More >>

Start Your Engines! 50 Minis Traverse The Length Of New Zealand For Charity

Wednesday, 24 March 2021, 10:38 am | KidsCan

Fifty teams of intrepid Kiwis will cram into their beloved Minis this Friday, hoping to complete an epic 2350km journey from Paihia to Invercargill to raise money for children in need. The Pork Pie Charity Run for KidsCan loosely follows the route ... More >>

Thousands Of Preschoolers Wait For Help As The Covid-19 Fallout Hits Under Fives

Monday, 21 September 2020, 9:29 am | KidsCan

Early childhood centres are reporting an increasing number of children arriving without enough food or warm clothing as their families struggle with the fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic. 4370 children in 119 early childhood centres are waiting ... More >>

KidsCan’s Record Food Delivery As Kiwi Kids In Hardship Face Toughest Winter Yet

Monday, 20 July 2020, 4:04 pm | KidsCan

Vulnerable children living in hardship are facing their toughest winter yet as the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic hits home. Schools surveyed by KidsCan are reporting more students arriving without enough food or warm clothes. They are bracing ... More >>

Listening To The Kids: Students’ Solutions To Period Poverty Make A Difference

Thursday, 21 May 2020, 7:02 pm | KidsCan

KidsCan is welcoming news tonight that the Government has promised $2.27 million in this year’s Budget to tackle period poverty in schools. It comes as young people living in hardship give a rare insight into the shame and stigma they experience ... More >>

Thousands More Children Head Back To School Hungry As KidsCan Faces Record Demand

Monday, 18 May 2020, 9:08 am | KidsCan

Thousands more children are heading back to school hungry as the economic fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic hits low income families. KidsCan has seen a 30% increase in demand for food support, as its partner schools seek to feed 10,000 more children ... More >>

KidsCan Launches Urgent Appeal To Fund 3,000 Food Parcels For Isolated Families

Tuesday, 7 April 2020, 8:51 am | KidsCan

Thousands of children and their families living in poverty in towns and rural communities across New Zealand will soon be receiving emergency food relief packages from KidsCan. The charity usually supplies food to 787 schools and 55 early childhood centres across ... More >>

Top Kiwi Chefs’ New Recipes Panned

Monday, 2 March 2020, 7:51 am | KidsCan

The reality of what some Kiwi families in poverty are surviving on has been laid bare in a new KidsCan campaign, as more than 3,000 children in early childhood centres and schools around New Zealand wait for the charity’s support. Renowned chefs Peter ... More >>

More Action Needed To Combat Young People’s Experiences Of Period Poverty

Thursday, 20 February 2020, 2:14 am | KidsCan

KidsCan's response to the Youth 19 survey results on period poverty KidsCan is calling for more action to help students dealing with the shame of period poverty. The Youth 19 survey, released today, found over 21% of students in decile one schools had missed ... More >>

Back to school costs hit families in hardship

Tuesday, 28 January 2020, 11:26 am | KidsCan

Some children in poverty are missing school because they are sharing one uniform, a pair of shoes or a bus pass with their siblings, a KidsCan survey has revealed. Hundreds of low decile schools have shared heartbreaking stories of the strain families ... More >>

KidsCan welcomes new lunch fund for year 1-8 students

Thursday, 29 August 2019, 7:31 pm | KidsCan

KidsCan welcomes new lunch fund for year 1-8 students - but job far from done KidsCan is welcoming the Government’s announcement of a new lunch fund for some primary and intermediate schools as an important step to strengthen support for Kiwi kids ... More >>

Start your engines! KidsCan Pork Pie Charity Run

Monday, 15 April 2019, 3:20 pm | KidsCan

Sixty minis will line up in Kaitaia this Easter, on Good Friday, at the start of an epic 2,500 km journey to Invercargill. It will take the teams six long days to reach their destination, following the route taken in the classic Kiwi movie “Goodbye ... More >>

KidsCan helping vulnerable preschoolers

Sunday, 10 March 2019, 10:38 am | KidsCan

KidsCan has created the first national programme supporting children under 5, with the aim of helping the country’s most vulnerable kids attend early childhood education. The move comes in response to increasing requests for help from centres, as parents ... More >>

Heading back to school hungry

Sunday, 27 January 2019, 12:15 pm | KidsCan

As back to school costs mount, families living in hardship are struggling to provide the essentials for their children. KidsCan’s data shows that one in every five children in low-decile schools around New Zealand will head back to class this year ... More >>

160,000 hungry kids need your help today - KidsCan

Monday, 10 December 2018, 9:11 am | KidsCan

KidsCan is urging more action after this year’s Child Poverty Monitor found one in five New Zealand children – more than 160,000 kids - live in households without access to either enough food, or enough healthy food. More >>

KidsCan survey exposes extent of period poverty in NZ

Thursday, 1 November 2018, 8:33 am | KidsCan

Almost a quarter of New Zealand women who responded to a KidsCan survey have missed school or work because they have been unable to afford sanitary items. More >>

Primary school children struggling with period poverty

Wednesday, 3 October 2018, 11:12 am | KidsCan

Girls as young as eight are getting their period, new figures reveal. It comes as demand for KidsCan sanitary products in primary schools increases, as many parents on low incomes struggle to afford the essential items for their children. More >>

KidsCan supports Meridian Energy decision

Friday, 14 September 2018, 6:03 pm | KidsCan

KidsCan Founder and CEO Julie Chapman says she is pleased Meridian Energy have made the decision to scrap their prompt payment discounts saying they disadvantaged our most vulnerable families. More >>