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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Kidz LunchBox 2017 volunteers recognized

Thanks.5Kidz LunchBox couldn’t feed kids in the summer without dedicated and loyal volunteers! Some may only help for a shift or two, while others come weekly and more often. All were needed and appreciated.

  • In 2017, we were blessed with over 100 volunteers of all ages helping at ten LunchBox meal sites and on the GLOW Bus: CLICK HERE FOR LIST
  • Volunteers donated some 1500 hours preparing for the LunchBox, supporting daily operations for six weeks, and putting things away until next summer.
  • Several volunteers came to fulfill community service hours needed for the National Honors Society and the Andover e-Academy.
  • Volunteers also came from the Foster Grandparent Program at the Butler County Dept. on Aging, Flinthills Services, and local church groups.

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Kidz LunchBox provides summer meals

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.


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GLOW Bus bringing free meals to kids soon!

Kids Need To Eat’s new Green Lunchroom on WheelsThe 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),

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.


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Volunteers Needed for Kidz LunchBox 2017

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 2017 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 runs weekdays for six weeks, July 5 – August 11, at meal sites in El Dorado, Towanda, and Benton. Last summer more than 18,000 meals were distributed.

Volunteers assist with: set up, passing out meals, publicity and social media, transporting food, prepping produce, weekly free book days, arts & crafts 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.


Our new GLOW Bus (“Green LunchBox on Wheels“) will take meals to where kids live and play.  Kids board the bus to eat their lunch, and then take home breakfast and other foods. There will be five bus stops: GLOW.bus

  • El Dorado, Silverwood Apts.: 10:am – 10:45 am
  • Towanda, Family 1st Living: 11:am – 11:50 am
  • Towanda, H2O Church on Main St.: noon – 12:45 pm
  • El Dorado, Quail Ridge Apts: 1:00 – 1:50 pm
  • El Dorado, Forest Park (swimming pool): 2:00 – 2:45 pm

Questions?  Contact Barbara Day, KN2E Volunteer Coordinator,, 316-323-3899 (cell/text).

The deadline to sign up to volunteer is June 19. To print the LunchBox Volunteer Registration Form:  CLICK HERE.

Kidz LunchBox 2017 is a program of Kids Need To Eat, an all-volunteer nonprofit supported by grants and donations, including: United Way of El Dorado, Dillon Stores, El Dorado Charities, George Trimble Trust, Golden Living Center, El Dorado Building Systems, and the Kids FUNd.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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Kidz LunchBox holds snacks drive during May.

We are also collecting reusable cloth totes in good condition.

Questions? Please contact Barbara Day, 316-323-3899 (cell/text).

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Kidz LunchBox collecting books for kids

Kidz LunchBox is collecting new and gently used books for children and young adults during April.  Books are needed for ages 1 to 18 – including adult books suitable for high school students.  See list of drop off sites

Kidz LunchBox is a free meals program for children ages 18 and under during the summer – to replace meals many kids eat for free at school.

Starting July 5 through August 11, 2017, kids are invited to come for free meals weekdays at six meal sites in El Dorado, Towanda and Benton. Details are available online at

In addition to free meals, kids pick out a book to take home each week. The LunchBox anticipates needing over 1500 books for kids to take home this summer.

 Drop off sites for book donations:

  • El Dorado: Chamber of Commerce, 201 E. Central Ave. – weekdays 8:00 am – noon & 1:00 –  5:00 pm
  • El Dorado: First Baptist Church, 315 W. Central – weekdays, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Towanda: City Hall, 110  S. Third St. – weekdays, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Benton: Community National Bank, 14500 SW 20th St, – weekdays, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

To have someone to pick up books from your home or office, please call or text Lorraine Maus at 316-323-2823 to make arrangements.

BookDay.Lorraine (3)   LunchBox volunteer Lorraine Maus welcomes kids and helps them pick out a book to take home each week.

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