Kidz Summer LunchBox invites children ages 1 – 18 to eat lunch with us, and then take additional foods home – weekdays, July 2 – August 10 (closed on July 4th) at 7 meal sites in El Dorado, including 6 GLOW Bus stops, and a walk-in meal site at the Family Worship Center. FLYER POSTER
||Silverwood Apts. (north side, W. Enterprise Ave.)
||Skelly Elem. School (west side of school)
|Walk In site
|Family Worship Center (701 S. Atchison St.)
||Quail Ridge Apts (north side on W. Clark Ave.)
||Summit Park (east side on N. High Street)
||Water Park @ N. Main (on E. 8th Ave.)
||Forest Park / Swimming Pool (on W. 8th Ave.)
We are hosting our first annual Kidz LunchBox Kickoff Celebration on Saturday, June 30, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm at the Family Worship Center. This is a free family-friendly event offering a nutritious lunch, activities, games, entertainment, and prizes.
The theme is “Having a Healthy Summer” by eating smart, moving more, and focusing on wellness. Kids earn raffle tickets by engaging in experiences relating to those themes, such as food tasting tables, physical activity stations, and nutrition and wellness booths. The raffle tickets they earn can be used to enter prize drawings.
It’s February, which means Valentine’s Day is reminding us to celebrate love – and to specially recognize those who we love, admire, and appreciate.
- First of all, we want to show our love for all the amazing, hardworking volunteers who make Kidz LunchBox possible each summer. This year is our 6th summer providing free meals for children in our community. We couldn’t do it without you! Please click on the “2017 Volunteers” button above to see their names.
- Also we want to take a moment to again show our love for the many awesome donors who provide the funding for the meals and costs of operating KN2E. Please click on the “Donors” button above to see who sponsored Kidz LunchBox 2017. Soon we will be updating this page to recognize donors supporting Kidz LunchBox 2018.
We love the children. We love their families. We love everyone who understands the importance of good nutrition for the healthy development of children, and supports summer meal programs!
Last month KN2E circulated a one-question poverty survey:
|POVERTY SURVEY QUESTION
What is your understanding about why one in five children in our community live with food insecurity due to poverty*? [*Poverty is defined as not having sufficient resources for basic necessities such as shelter, utilities, adequate healthy food, and clothing.] (You may provide up to 5 responses.)
We summarized the 140 responses from 37 individuals, grouping them into the following nine categories:
- Employment challenges
- Financial issues
- Education barriers
- Character flaws
- Generational poverty
- Other barriers
- Safety net issues
- Substance use challenges
- Issues specific to El Dorado, KS
The summary listing all 140 responses is available to read and print: Poverty Survey Response by Categories
|Education barriers to income needed to support a family.
Many thanks to the Butler County Times Gazette for publishing this awesome article about our new GLOW Bus (“Green LunchBox on Wheels”)!
Click on the green bus to read article.
Kids Need To Eat’s new Green Lunchroom on Wheels – The GLOW Bus – is ready to start taking free meals to kids on July 5, 2017. At 5 bus stops, kids are invited to eat lunch on the bus and then take home extra foods weekdays for six weeks: July 5 – August 11.
GLOW Bus schedule
- 10:00 – 10:45 am Silverwood Apts., El Dorado
- 11:00 – 11:50 am Family 1st Living, Towanda
- noon – 12:45 pm H2O Church at 304 Main St., Towanda
- 1:00 – 1:50 pm Quail Ridge Apt., El Dorado
- 2:00 – 2:45 pm Forest Park / Swimming Pool, El Dorado
Other Kidz Summer LunchBox 2017 meal sites
- 11:30 am – 1:00 pm Family Worship Center (FWC), 701 S. Atchison, El Dorado
- noon – 1:00 pm The Benton Church, Benton (a take-out site)
This summer KN2E is providing free lunches at its bus stops and the FWC in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), administered by the Kansas Dept. of Education. At SFSP meal sites, sponsors provide free meals to children when school is out for the summer.
Questions? Contact Judie at 405-308-9158 (cell/text), email@example.com.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.