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Twin Cities Kids In Need Resource Center Runs Online Teacher Shopping Program

Center’s new pilot program aims to expand services

ROSEVILLE, MINN. – February 13, 2015 – The Kids In Need Foundation (KINF), a national nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free school supplies to economically disadvantaged school children and under-funded teachers, announces the kickoff of its Twin Cities Kids In Need Resource Center’s online teacher shopping pilot program.

Starting on February 16, select teachers from Roseville Area Schools will be able to choose from a subset of free school supplies available at the Resource Center, which are procured by the KINF and donated by manufacturers, retailers, and individuals. The ordered items will be packaged by volunteers and picked up and delivered via school district trucks. Participation in the pilot program was determined by the schools’ percentages of students enrolled in the federal free or reduced lunch program.  The four schools taking part in the pilot program are: Central Park Elementary, Edgerton Elementary, Harambee Elementary, and Little Canada Elementary. The online shopping pilot program is expected to serve 158 teachers and assist more than 2,200 students and will continue beyond its two-month trial period if it is successful.

“The online shopping program is designed as an alternative distribution method to allow our Twin Cities Center to make better use of technology and increase the number of teachers served without adding store hours to the Resource Center,” said Dave Smith, KINF’s executive director. The program was made possible in part by a $2,500 grant awarded by the Roseville Community Fund and is being conducted in partnership with Roseville Area School District (ISD 623.)

The Resource Center currently serves 112 schools with more than 5,000 eligible teachers from schools which meet the criteria that at least 70 percent of their students are enrolled in the federal free or reduced lunch program. In 2014, teachers with access to the free school supplies at the Center helped nearly 50,000 students in need. The Twin Cities Resource Center is a program of the Kids In Need Foundation and a member of its National Network of Resource Centers, 34 facilities across the country where teachers from low-income schools go to obtain free school supplies for their students and classrooms.

About the Kids In Need Foundation

The Kids In Need Foundation is a national 501(c)(3) charitable organization founded in 1995. The 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. Its National Network of Resource Centers includes 34 facilities where teachers from low-income schools go to obtain free school supplies for their students. School supply giveaways in communities not served by Resource Centers are accommodated through the School Ready Supplies program, and students who have gone through natural disasters are helped to get back to their normal routines with new backpacks and supplies through the Second Responder program.  In addition, Teacher Grant programs award preK-12 educators with funding to provide innovative learning experiences for students. The Kids In Need Foundation has distributed more than $668 million in school supplies since its founding, directly benefiting 4.2 million students and more than 120,000 teachers annually, and has awarded $1.6 million in grants to teachers.  Kids In Need has earned the Gold GuideStar Exchange Seal, demonstrating its commitment to transparency, and has been given a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, indicating that it operates in a fiscally responsible way and outperforms most other charities in America. For more information, visit