Kids eat a free Lunch at summer meal sites in El Dorado!

prizes.winLunch tickets are given to kids each day – the tickets go into a drawing for prizes this summer.

  • July 20:  3 gift certificate winners ($25, $20 & $15).
  • August 10: two winners get a bicycle appropriate for their age ($100 maximum value with helmet).


  • Monday is Parents Day – they may eat with their kids. 
  • Monday also is Free Book Day.
  • Spangles Tuesdays – kids eat a sandwich from Spangles.
  • Fridays kids offered a weekend foodpack to take home.


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Kidz LunchBox Kickoff Celebration

Kids Need to Eat (KN2E) invites families with kids ages 18 and under in El Dorado to enjoy a fun family-friendly LunchBox Kickoff!

  • What:  Kidz Summer LunchBox 2018 – Kickoff Celebration
  • When:  Saturday, June 30, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
  • Where:  Family Worship Center, 701 S. Atchison

Come join us to enjoy the following!

  • Free lunchObstacle.Course.dual
  • Inflatable Obstacle Race Course
  • D.J. with music and a sing along
  • Food Fun activities – Tasting Tables, Nutrition Trivia, and a “Grocery Bag Walk”
  • For preschoolers: water games, mini obstacle course, and crafts.
  • Outdoor activities and games
  • Ice Cream
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  • Tour our GLOW Box
  • Prizes
  • Take Home Items
  • Summer Safety resources


  • Call or text 316-833-9959



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Volunteers needed to feed kids 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, civic group, co-workers, family and friends?

Hunger Hero Kids MealsKidz LunchBox 2018 needs volunteers to help feed kids this summer – to replace meals many kids eat for free at school. Children ages 1 – 18 are invited to enjoy a lunch with us at 7 meal sides, and then take home breakfast and snack foods. On Fridays kids take home extra foods for the weekend.

The LunchBox 2018 will feed children weekdays for six weeks, July 2 – August 10, at seven meal sites in El Dorado (listed below):

  • six served by the GLOW Bus, and
  • a walk-in meal site at the Family Worship Center (FWC).

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 13 and older.

To submit a Volunteer Registration Form, CLICK HERE.  The deadline to apply is June 16.

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Kidz LunchBox 2018 Kickoff Celebration —–   A free family-fun day to publicize Kidz LunchBox meal sites, and to share ways to have a safe and successful summer (eat smart, move more & avoid danger).


Pear&Apple.2.jpgTo add variety to the shelf-stable meals served Tuesday – Friday, kids will enjoy fresh foods for lunch on Mondays – including fresh fruit (e.g., a bag of grapes), fresh veggies (e.g., sliced cucumbers), and a fresh sub sandwich or wrap with meat and cheese.

  • We need volunteers to help prepare the lunches on Monday mornings (9:30 am – 11:30 am) at the Family Worship Center.


Call or text Judie at 405-308-9158, connect with us on Facebook – “Kids Need 2 Eat” and “Kidz LunchBox.”


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Volunteer shift

Food service

Silverwood Apts.  [GLOW Bus stop] 10:55 – 11:15 am 10:30 – 11:30 am
Skelly Elem. School [GLOW Bus stop] 11:15 am – 12:15 pm 11:30am – noon
Family Worship Center [walk in meal site] 11:15 am – 12:45 pm 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Quail Ridge Apts. [GLOW Bus stop] noon – 12:55 pm 12:10 – 12:40 pm
Summit Park [GLOW Bus stop] 12:45 – 1:45 pm 1:00 – 1:30 pm
Water Park (North Main Park) [GLOW Bus] 1:30 – 2:30 pm 1:45 – 2:15 pm
Forest Park (swimming pool) [GLOW Bus] 2:15 – 3:15 pm 2:30 – 3:00 pm
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VISTA Summer Positions

KN2E has two 35-hours a week opportunities in El Dorado for HS graduates. These positions are ideal for those ages 18-24 looking for summer employment. Benefits include a living stipend and education award. The deadline to apply is May 7 has been extended to May 10.

VISTAVISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) – the domestic equivalent to the Peace Corps – is a national service program sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service to combat poverty in America.

The summer VISTA program is an opportunity to work for 10 weeks at meal sites offering free meals for children during the summer. This summer, KN2E is sponsoring two VISTA positions:

In exchange for their commitment to serve full time for a defined period of time, AmeriCorps gives each VISTA a daily living allowance (total of 70 days for the summer 10-weeks program). In addition, after completing their service, VISTAs have the option of receiving a $1,250 Education Award. A weekly Gas Allowance is available to drive to our El Dorado work sites.

Information about the VISTA program and how to apply to be a VISTA is online:

The KN2E VISTA positions are 7-hour shifts weekdays. VISTAs filling these positions are allowed to have other time part employment that doesn’t interfere with their VISTA responsibilities.

Activity descriptions for the KN2E VISTA positions are on the AmeriCorps portal:

Interested individuals are encouraged to contact WSU for more information:

  • Meeka Gentry, VISTA Leader, WSU Community Engagement Institute, 316-978-6502, 316-779-4049 (cell),

The deadline to apply now is May 10. Applicants must be at least 18 years old by June 1, 2018 to be eligible, and have a H.S. diploma o GED.



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Kidz Summer LunchBox 2018: What’s New?

GLOW.busKidz 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

GLOW Bus Silverwood Apts.  (north side, W. Enterprise Ave.) 10:45 am 11:15 am
GLOW Bus Skelly Elem. School  (west side of school) 11:30 am noon
Walk In site
Family Worship Center  (701 S. Atchison St.) 11:30 am 12:30 pm
GLOW Bus Quail Ridge Apts (north side on W. Clark Ave.) 12:10 pm 12:40 pm
GLOW Bus Summit Park (east side on N. High Street) 1:00 pm 1:30 pm
GLOW Bus Water Park @ N. Main (on E. 8th Ave.) 1:45 pm 2:15 pm
GLOW Bus Forest Park / Swimming Pool (on W. 8th Ave.) 2:30 pm 3:00 pm

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.


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Showing our love for Kidz LunchBox Fans & Friends

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.

  • Volunteer 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 donors.loveof 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!

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Childhood poverty – survey results released!

Last month KN2E circulated a one-question poverty survey:


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  poverty.children
  • 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




















































































Employment challenges.  
Education barriers to income needed to support a family.  
Character flaws  
Financial barriers



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