Kemps Gallons for Good Program Provides 4,000 Children with One Year’s Worth of School Supplies-MN
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Kemps Gallons for Good Program Provides 4,000 Children with One Year’s Worth of School Supplies
Kemps, Kids In Need Foundation, Joe Mauer Invites Minnesota Teachers to Day of Free School Supply Shopping
ST. PAUL, MINN. — October 10, 2013 — Today Kemps announced the culmination of the Gallons for Good program that, through a donation to the Kids In Need Foundation (KINF), will provide free school supplies to 4,000 children in need in Minnesota and Wisconsin. The program committed a portion of every gallon of Kemps Select Milk sold in August and September to KINF, up to $40,000. Supplies will be distributed to Minnesota schools through a shopping event at the KINF store in St. Paul, Minn. on Thursday, Oct. 17. Teachers and students will “shop” for much-needed school supplies, courtesy of Kemps. Teachers and students will also have the opportunity to meet Kemps spokespeople Joe Mauer and his mom Teresa Mauer, who will be on site helping the teachers and students fill their vehicles with supplies for the school year.
“Supporting families through involvement in our communities is one of Kemps’ core beliefs,” said Rachel Kyllo, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Kemps. “That support comes from providing families tools to not only to nourish themselves, but nourish their minds. Kemps is honored to provide Minnesota and Wisconsin students with a full year’s worth of school supplies through the Gallons for Good program.”
It is estimated that 15 percent of children in Minnesota currently live below the poverty line and often go without the school supplies necessary to succeed in school, according to Children’s Defense Fund. The Minnesota schools who receive supplies from the Gallons for Good program were identified by the Kids In Need Foundation and the school districts as having at least 70 percent of their students enrolled in the federal free and reduced lunch program.
“Thanks to the wonderful support from Kemps’ customers we’re able to provide a year’s worth of school supplies to 4,000 children in need,” said Dave Smith, executive director of the Kids In Need Foundation. “We’re proud to partner with a local company with a dedication to serving its communities and supporting education, and we look forward to providing the much-needed school supplies to these students and teachers. This contribution will not only help provide children with basic learning tools, but also the added confidence they need to be successful in school."
Joe and Teresa Mauer, now familiar faces at Kemps community events, will attend the Oct. 17 event at the KINF store in St. Paul to meet teachers and help them with their shopping day.
“I’m excited to partner with Kemps in support of the Kids In Need Foundation,” said Joe Mauer. “Kemps and I share a mutual commitment to serving local communities and providing school supplies to kids who need them most is a great way to give back. I look forward to meeting the teachers who are equally committed to their students.”
In addition to the day of shopping at the KINF store in St. Paul, Kemps will host a shopping event for Wisconsin teachers at Lambeau Field in Green Bay to present school supplies to the students and teachers from Green Bay and Cedarburg area schools.
Founded in 1914, Kemps LLC, based in St. Paul, Minnesota, markets milk, ice cream and related dairy products under the Kemps brand. The company operates six manufacturing facilities located in Minneapolis, Rochester, Farmington and Duluth, Minnesota; Cedarburg, Wisconsin and Fargo, North Dakota and employs more than 1,200. Kemps is well known in the industry for introducing innovative new products and has received frequent recognition for successful first-to-market product launches such as Kemps IttiBitz, Yo-J and Kemps Frozen Yogurt Parfaits. www.kemps.com
About the Kids In Need Foundation
The Kids In Need Foundation is a national 501(c)(3) charitable organization with offices in Dayton, Ohio, and Minneapolis, Minnesota. 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. The Kids In Need National Network of Resource Centers includes 29 facilities where teachers from low-income schools go to obtain free school supplies for their students. In addition, two Kids In Need Teacher Grant programs provide K-12 educators with funding to provide innovative learning experiences for students. The Kids In Need Foundation has distributed $450 million in school supplies since its founding, directly benefiting 2.4 million students and 100,000 teachers annually, and has awarded $1.4 million in grants to teachers. Kids In Need has received Charity Navigator’s highest four-star rating for four years, indicating that it operates in a fiscally responsible way and outperforms most other charities in America, and has earned the GuideStar Exchange Seal, demonstrating its commitment to transparency. For more information, visit www.kinf.org. Join Kids In Need Foundation on Twitter at twitter.com/kidsinneed and Facebook at facebook.com/kidsinneed.