Care to Learn's Impact

To date, Care to Learn has met over 900,000 health, hunger, and hygiene needs of Missouri students. Care to Learn serves a population of over 98,000+ students in 34 school districts. Of those students over 55,000 qualify for the federal free and reduced lunch rate program. While Care to Learn does not have any qualifiers or red tape, we use the free and reduced lunch rates as an indicator for the population most likely to need Care to Learn support.

  • 900,000+

    Total needs met since founding in 2008

  • 98,000+

    Students served in 33 school districts.

  • 55,000+

    Students on free/reduced lunch in partner school districts

From a Local Teacher

"Thank you for helping me get a Care to Learn voucher for one of my male students. He is so proud of his new LIGHT‐UP shoes. With the voucher he was also able to pick out and purchase new matching sets of long sleeve shirts and sport pants for every day of the school week. He is coming to school with a smile on his face and clean clothes that fit him. All thanks to our Care to Learn team. I am so grateful to be part of a district who cares so much."

From a Local School Counselor

"We received a needs request from the high school nurse with a request to call her. When I called she explained that this 11th grade student was classified homeless and the only 3 outfits he had he was borrowing from a friend. This student immediately received a voucher to go to Walmart to pick out outfits of his own. Due to his homeless status, he is also receiving his regular weekend food backpack, as well as a mid-week backpack so he will have dinner each night throughout the week."

From a Local School Nurse

"One of our students received a new pair of shoes from Care to Learn. He said they were the softest shoes he'd ever had. Poor kid, his shoes had no insoles and just hard plastic circles inside."