About Us

Our Mission

Kids In Need Minnesota’s (KINMN) mission is to ensure that every child is prepared to learn and succeed in the classroom by providing free school supplies to students most in need throughout Minnesota.  Operating as a free store for teachers serving eligible area schools, KINMN provides much needed supplies to their students for learning and excelling in the classroom.

Our Vision

To see that every child, in every school, has the same advantage when walking into a classroom, and as a result, prospers and gains the confidence needed to succeed in life.

Our Programs

Resource Center

KINMN partners with Minnesota schools in which 70% or greater of the student population participates in the federal lunch program by providing teachers the opportunity to obtain school supplies, free of charge.  Teachers in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Metropolitan Area are invited to shop at our Resource Center, and teachers located in rural Minnesota are provided school supplies via our Outstate Supplies Initiative.

The Caring Tree

Over The Caring Tree’s 20-year history, more than 200,000 Minnesota K-12 students have returned to school with much needed supplies and backpacks. The Caring Tree program partners with community-based and social service agencies across the state to distribute essential supplies to those students most in need.

We are proud to be a program of the Kids In Need Foundation, partnering with 40 other Resource Centers in the National Network.

Our Partners