Kids In Need Minnesota (KINMN), originally known as the Twin Cities Kids In Need Resource Center, was established in 1999, and has operated as a program of the Kids In Need Foundation since 2012.
Initially serving Minnesota students solely through the invitation to shop at the Teacher FREE Store, KINMN expanded its service area through the absorption of The Caring Tree, a long-standing program through which supply grants are awarded to social services and other community-based agencies across the state to distribute backpacks and supplies to students in need. The Caring Tree allows KINMN to foster and develop essential relationships with additional Minnesota organizations in a mutual effort to support student success in the classroom.
In 2014, KINMN established their Online Shopping Program, which allowed teachers to receive items from a customized menu of supplies that were delivered to their school. Beginning in 2018, The Online Shopping Program operates as the Outstate Supplies Initiative, allowing KINMN to serve teachers and students in rural Minnesota schools. It was in recognition of this expansion in our service area that Twin Cities Kids In Need officially changed its name to Kids In Need Minnesota.
Together, the Teacher FREE Store, Outstate Supplies Initiative, and The Caring Tree have supported KINMN’s ability to serve nearly 100,000 Minnesota students with supplies essential to the learning process.