At Meridian, we believe that by doing right by people and the planet, we can build a better future for our customers, communities, and the environment.
And that includes our tamariki too, which is why we've been the proud Principal Partner of KidsCan since 2013. And now, we’re very excited to announce that we’ve committed to support them for another three years.
While this has got us excited for the future, we can’t help but look back too. Because we’re proud of the support that we’ve been able to give over the last eight years. During that time, Meridian has committed more than $3 million to help support the work KidsCan does in communities, including a donation of $1 million in 2020 to support KidsCan’s work during COVID-19.
We know it’s hard for kids to learn when they’re cold, wet or hungry and KidsCan provides food support for close to 40,000 hungry kids in 829 schools and 112 early childhood centres around the country every day. KidsCan also provides shoes, socks and jackets to children who would otherwise arrive at school wet and cold and offers a variety of health and hygiene items.
KidsCan CEO and Founder Julie Chapman says “KidsCan is so grateful for the ongoing support and generosity from Meridian Energy. Their incredible contribution will enable us to reach even more New Zealand children and provide them with the food, clothing and health products they need to participate in learning. Our goal is to give all Kiwi kids a fair start at life, and Meridian customers and staff are helping the KidsCan team achieve this.”