Opportunities to support summer meals for kids

Opportunities to support Kids Need To Eat (KN2E), sponsor of Kidz LunchBox: Free Summer Meals, include two rewards programs that donate to KIN2E every time you shop.

Dillons Rewards. Dillons will make a donation to Kids Need To Eat, Inc. (N2E) every time you shop if you select KN2E as your charity of choice. Dillons.Rewards
  • Visit www.dillons.com/communityrewards 
  • Sign in or create a new account.
  • Click “Enroll Now” and then enter “Kids Need to Eat, Inc.” (5 digit NPO: 24117)
  • Select “Kids Need To Eat, Inc.” and then click “Enroll”
Amazon gives. Support KN2E by shopping at www.smile.amazon.com. Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Kids Need To Eatamazon-smile-4
  • Sign in with your Amazon ID and password.
  • Under the heading “Select a Charity” choose “Pick your own Charitable Organization”.
  • In the box, type “Kids Need To Eat, Inc.

Thanks for helping to feed children in our community during the summer!

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Kidz Meals on Wheels planned for 2017

  • Kids Need To Eat, Inc. (KN2E) announced plans to expand its popular summer meals program by retrofitting a school bus to take meals to kids in Butler County.

Since 2013 KN2E has distributed free summer meals for kids in El Dorado, and also in Towanda for the past two years. For six weeks in July and early August, kids coming to  LunchBox meal sites pick out meals to eat at home. Meal sites are open weekdays, and on Fridays offer extra meals for the weekend.

This summer the Kidz LunchBox provided over 16,000 meals to a daily average of 174 kids. “The LunchBox helps to replace meals that many kids eat for free at school,” explained KN2E Vice President Barbara Day, “Summer is the hungriest time of the year for many kids from low-income families who depend on school meals for food.”

In order to reach more kids in 2017, KN2E plans to expand this successful program by painting a used school bus bright green, and replacing the seats with cabinets. Kids will enter the Green LunchBox on Wheels (GLOW) bus at the front, walk down the aisle to pick out meals to take home to eat, and exit at the back.

“This is the most feasible and efficient way for KN2E to expand its LunchBox program to help feed more children,” said KN2E Board member Sarah Johnston. “Our vision is to partner with local groups to host meal sites where they are most needed,”clip-11

The GLOW Bus will stop for 30 – 40 minutes at various sites in and near El Dorado. Local volunteers will assist with greeting children, lining them up to board the bus, and offering activities and other incentives to encourage kids to come for meals.

Retrofitting a used school bus could cost as much as $55,000. KN2E is seeking business sponsors interested in helping with this one-time expense. For more information, contact KN2E President Judie Storandt, jgstorandt@msn.com, 405-308-9158 (cell/text).

“By connecting kids with nutritious meals where they live and play, they are better able to start the school year ready to learn,” noted KN2E Treasurer Roxann Cool.

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Kidz LunchBox 2016 a huge success!

Thanks to amazing volunteers, generous donors and supporters – including in-kind donations – loyal KN2E Board Members and Advisors, and the heartfelt prayers of many, Kidz LunchBox 2016 was a smashing success.

volunteer-11Kids took home over 16,000 meals from meal sites at the Family Worship Center in El Dorado and the Former HeBrews CoffeeHouse in Towanda. That’s a 15% increase over the 2015 LunchBox. An additional 1488 meals were provided to USD 490 students who took home weekend foodpacks during June and after school started in August.

Thank you and God bless to everyone who made this happen! We love you.

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Volunteers needed this summer!

Looking for something meaningful and fun to do this summer? Maybe something you could do with your children or grandchildren – or with your church group, co-workers, or family and friends?

Kidz LunchBox needs volunteers to help distribute free food to kids this summer – to replace meals many kids eat for free at school. Children pick up to take home: lunch, breakfast and snack foods at two meal sites. On Fridays kids take home extra foods for the weekend. Last summer more than 16,000 meals were distributed.

The LunchBox runs weekdays for six weeks, July 5 – August 12, at meal sites in El Dorado and Towanda. Volunteers assist with: set up, passing out meals, publicity and social media, transporting food, prepping produce, weekly free book days and arts & craft days, etc.

Volunteers can sign up on a one-time basis, or as frequently as their time and energy permit. Civic and social organizations, youth groups and clubs, and co-workers and others are welcome to volunteer together. Adult volunteers are encouraged to bring children and grandchildren ages 8 and older.

The El Dorado LunchBox 2016 meal site is again at the Family Worship Center, 701 S. Atchison, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm. It is starting a half hour earlier than last year to avoid long lines. Shuttle buses bring kids from around town. For the El Dorado Volunteer Sign Up  Sheet CLICK HERE.

The Towanda/Benton LunchBox meal site has moved to the former HeBrews CoffeeHouse, 321 Main in Towanda. It will again be open noon to 1:00 pm weekdays. For the Towanda/Benton Volunteer Sign Up Sheet CLICK HERE.

Questions?  Contact Barb Day, KN2E Volunteer Coordinator, by email bday4@cox.net or phone/text, 316-323-3899.

The deadline to sign up is June 15.breakfast.5

Kidz LunchBox is sponsored by Kids Need To Eat in collaboration with community partners that include El Dorado Schools (USD 490), Numana, Inc./Numana Gardens, the City of El Dorado, and the Kansas Food Bank.

An all-volunteer program, it is supported by United Way of El Dorado. Sponsors include Cox Charities, White Eagle Credit Union, George Trimble Trust, El Dorado Charities, El Dorado Walmart, and local churches.

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Popular Towanda Kids’ Meals Program Seeks to Grow

Over a cup of coffee, the public has an opportunity to share ideas and suggestions for the Towanda/Benton LunchBox 2016

  • Offered for the first time in Towanda last summer, the LunchBox is a free meals 2016.04-23.CommunityChatprogram sponsored by Kids Need To Eat, Inc. (KN2E) for kids ages 18 and younger. Over 3200 meals were passed out in Towanda last summer.

A community chat to exchange information and learn about the LunchBox is Saturday, April 23, 10:30 am, at the Towanda Senior Center.

  • Community members in and near Towanda and Benton are invited — especially families whose kids came to the LunchBox last summer or might come this summer, and persons who might volunteer or otherwise support the program.
  • KN2E is seeking feedback about the LunchBox – including foods to be distributed, how to get more kids to participate this summer, and the program’s format.
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Planning is underway for Kidz LunchBox 2016!

You are invited to join the conversation as we make important decisions about the Kidz LunchBox meal sites this summer:

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Experience El Dorado LunchBox 2015

Watch the El Dorado LunchBox 2015 video:  CLICK HERE

 

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