• Over 1 in 4 children in New Zealand are living without the basics
    Over 1 in 4 children in New Zealand are living without the basics

Our Work


KidsCan exists to meet the physical and nutritional needs of Kiwi kids less fortunate than others. It’s our mission to provide the essentials to Kiwi kids affected by poverty so they can participate in learning and have an opportunity for a better future. 

Hungry, wet, cold and stressed is no way to start the day but for over 254,000 Kiwi children living in hardship that is the reality. This can impact their educational growth and lead to a lifelong pattern of underachievement. There is a way to break this cycle; by providing the basic essentials, Kiwi kids can arrive at school or early childhood education ready and able to learn.

Education is how we will break the cycle of hardship, and it is at the core of everything KidsCan does. We are levelling the playing field, giving children whose families are struggling the same opportunity to learn as anyone else.  Our Programmes, delivered through our partner decile 1-4 schools and low equity Early Childhood Centres, provide Kiwi kids in need with food, clothing and health items, so they can be in the best position to learn.

We partner with 822 low decile schools and over 100 early childhood centres all over New Zealand to provide kids with the basics, but we can only do this with your help.


Our Programmes

  • Feeding over 30,000 hungry children every week at school

    Food for Kids

    Many children living in hardship experience hunger on a daily basis, never knowing if they will receive three meals a day.
  • Shoes do more than protect feet

    Shoes for Kids

    Getting kids to and through the school and early childhood education centre gates safely.
  • Proud to partner with the Vodafone Warriors

    Fleece-lined raincoats for Kids

    Keeping New Zealand children warm and dry.
  • Poor health is a barrier to education

    Health for Kids

    Good health increases attendance, engagement and participation at school and early childhood education centres.

Why and how we do it