About Us

Cans for Kids was initiated in April, 2020 at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic to assist Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) students by collecting non-perishable foods and donating them to our peers during these troubling times. In October of 2021, we became an Ardrey Kell High School club and provide volunteer opportunities to our students through food drives, fundraisers, and other service events. As a non-profit organization, Cans for Kids continues to serve our community as a whole.

Our Mission

Cans for Kids aims to aid children who are less fortunate by helping them get daily meals. In addition to collecting food and drink donations, we provide volunteer opportunities to CMS students during our food drives and fundraisers. Through our value of students supporting their peers, we raise awareness of the issues in our local community and encourage other students to step forward and make our community a better place.


Cans for Kids has achieved so much with the help of every volunteer.

As of Fall, 2022, we have donated over 20,000 pounds of food to the local food bank, recruited over 200 volunteers, and contributed more than 4,000 volunteer hours to the effort in helping children in need.

Cans for Kids was featured in the 2023 Second Harvest Food Bank Blessings Newsletter

Cans for Kids was recently featured in the annual Second Harvest Food Bank's Blessings newsletter alongside companies including Bank of America, Food Lion Feeds, and Harris Teeter for contributions to feeding those in the Charlotte area in need.

Cans for Kids received the Community Service Award from Second Harvest Food Bank

In September 2022, the Second Harvest Food Bank presented Cans for Kids with the Community Service Award in recognition of our contributions.

Cans for Kids has donated masks to workers who provide food for those in need.

When there was a national mask shortage in April, 2020, Cans for Kids donated 300 masks to CMS workers who distribute food to students, and another 300 to Second Harvest Food Bank workers. CMS reported this achievement on the CMS website.


April Food Drive 2023

Cans for Kids hosted the Spring food drive on April 1st. Despite the rain, we collected over 330 pounds.

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Second Harvest Annual Newsletter 2023

Cans for Kids was recently featured in the Second Harvest Food Bank's annual Blessings newsletter.

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2023 Campus Cleanup

On February 3rd, Cans for Kids cleaned up around the school campus, making our school a cleaner place!

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Email us at [email protected]
Remind: @nccfk
Instagram: @cansforkidsnc