Kemps Launches Gallons for Good Program to Provide Needed School Supplies to 4,000 Children
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Kemps Launches Gallons for Good Program to Provide Needed School Supplies to 4,000 Children Throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin
Kemps committing a portion of Kemps Select Milk sales to the Kids In Need Foundation
ST. PAUL, MINN. — August 1, 2013 — With the school year just around the corner and back-to-school shopping in full swing, children around Minnesota and Wisconsin are filling their backpacks with crayons, pencils, pens and paper. Yet an estimated 18 percent of children in Minnesota and an estimated 15 percent of children in Wisconsin are currently living below the poverty line and often cannot afford basic school supplies including paper, folders and notebooks. Today, in partnership with the Kids In Need Foundation, Kemps is kicking off Gallons for Good in an effort to provide needed school supplies to children in Minnesota and Wisconsin.
“Giving back to our communities is a core tenet of our culture at Kemps,” said Rachel Kyllo, vice president of marketing for Kemps. “We know so many people rely on our milk to nourish their families and we want to make sure that nourishment extends by providing children the tools needed to succeed in the classroom.”
From now until September 30, Kemps is committing a portion of every gallon of Kemps Select Milk sold to the Kids in Need Foundation (KINF), up to $40,000. KINF'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.
“We are so grateful to partner with such a phenomenal local company,” shared Dave Smith, executive director of the Kids In Need Foundation. “Through the generosity of Kemps and its customers, the Kids in Need Foundation will be able to provide ample supplies to the children who need it most in Minnesota and Wisconsin."
Kemps, through its customers' commitment and support, plans to contribute $40,000 to KINF which will provide a full year's worth of school supplies to 4,000 children.
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 and Cedarburg, Wisconsin and employs 1,200 in Minnesota and Wisconsin. 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 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.