KidsCan still in funding limbo

  • 04/03/2018
KidsCan still in funding limbo
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KidsCan Charitable Trust is still waiting to find out if its Government funding will continue. 

Ten more North Island schools have been added to its roster, with more than 32,000 children being fed each week. 

Chief executive Julie Chapman says she's hopeful.

"We have had a conversation with the minister, which was really constructive. I think we're both on the same page in terms of knowing that children do need support."

The charity is now helping 709 schools across the country, meaning people's donations are more important than ever with Government funding still in limbo. 

Ms Chapman says schools are stoked with the news, and believe it will make a huge difference to children's learning.

"The fact that we're going to work together with them to provide those basics that all kids need... is really important to them," she said. 

But ultimately the goal is for poverty rates to improve so charity is no longer needed.

"We would like to not exist as an organisation, but I think while social policy and different things are bedded in, KidsCan is going to be needed for quite a long while."