Kans for Kids

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Christmas Baskets - December 2016

Christmas Baskets - December 2015


More than 100 people volunteer with us each year to help make a difference in the lives of thousands. Find out how to become our partner.

mission & vision

No need is too small and no voice is too quiet to be heard. Our goal is to make hunger history, one basket at a time!

The idea of Kans for Kids began as an idea on the back of a file folder. I had no idea what kind of potential it had until I took a giant leap of faith and realized the worst thing that could happen is someone tell me "no", and that hasn't stopped us yet! 

Foundation History

  1. In 2011, Kathlene saw a need for food and clothing in a small public school in Indianapolis, IN. After speaking with the school social worker, we learned that many of the students often came to school having only eaten lunch the day before. Students were about to begin their Christmas break, which is their longest break of the year. It was hard for us to fathom how many students would go home having no idea when their next meal would be. This is how Kans for Kids was born. 
  2. In the first year, Kans for Kids provided 35 baskets each loaded with food, clothing, personal hygiene supplies, cleaning supplies, and presents for parents to give their kids on Christmas morning! Each year the baskets got progressively larger. In 2012, we were able to provide for 55 families, replenish the food pantry and offer new uniforms to students who needed them!  In 2013 we were able to feed 70 families, re-stock the food pantry we created in 2011 and help two families get back on their feet after loosing their homes due to unforeseen circumstances. 
  3. As we continue to grow, we are able to add more programs to our foundation. In 2013 we added a mentoring program that allowed elementary student athletes to pair up with collegiate athletes. We hope to continue our mentoring program by branching out to other groups!
  4. In 2014 we received our 501-c3 non-profit status, as a result we are able to commit to more schools allowing us to help end this battle against hunger! 

Kathlene Denhard 

Our founder

--Kathlene Denhard

Making Hunger History