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 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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A Salute to Donors & Volunteers 2015!

Kids Need 2 Eat and our community was blessed this summer with generous donors, fabulous partners, and awesome volunteers who helped pass out over 16,000 free meals to children at the El Dorado LunchBox and the Towanda LunchBox meal sites.  Thanks to them, we are feeding our community’s future, and kids returned to school more ready to learn. They are listed here – if you know any of them, please join me in thanking them for a job well done!

For more info and updates, like and follow us on Facebook:  Kids Need 2 Eat, El Dorado LunchBox and Towanda LunchBox.


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INVITATION TO JOIN KN2E Board of Directors

The Kids Need 2 Eat board of directors meets about six times a year, generally in: January, February, March, May, September, October & November. Meetings are open to the public.  Meetings are held on Sunday afternoons at the El Dorado Civic Center, 201 E. Central Ave., El Dorado, KS.

The Board’s most important function is planning the LunchBox program which distributes free meals to children for six weeks during the summer in El Dorado and Towanda.

If you might be interested in joining the Board and would like more information, please contact Judie Storandt, KN2E President: 405-308-9158,, or any other board member.


Free food & fun for kids ages 18 & under!

Free food & fun for kids ages 18 & under!

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