Butler County Times Gazette
Free Community Meals for Everyone
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By The Storandts
March 25, 2013 11:15 a.m.



Food insecurity is a reality for many families in our community, including the working poor and those who are unable to work full time due to age, infirmities, and medical restrictions.

Because El Dorado is a “Community that Cares,” many churches and service provider organizations have stepped up to provide free meals year round. Not everyone knows about these meal programs, so please share this information with anyone who might need help to stretch their grocery budget on occasion.

Meal Ministry of El Dorado. Coordinated by the Family Worship Center in El Dorado, for four years, community churches have been coming together to support a meal ministry weekdays in El Dorado. Now that the Family Worship Center has moved into the former Washington Elementary School, all meals are offered in the evening. Everyone is welcome to these family centered suppers. By offering an evening meal weekdays, children now have access to three meals a day on school days. Contact the Family Worship Center if you have any questions or If you, your church or organization is interested in supporting this important ministry.

• Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 5:30 - 6:30 pm, Family Worship Center, 701 S. Atchison, El Dorado

• Wednesdays, 5:30 - 6:30 pm, First Baptist Church, 315 W. Central, El Dorado

Saturday Night Community Dinners

El Dorado Hunger doesn’t take a vacation on weekends. While many churches sponsor a pot luck dinner on their Sabbath day, a community dinners are now available three Saturdays every month. These also are family-centered suppers, and everyone is welcome.

• 1st Saturday, 5:30-7pm: First Presbyterian Church, 400 W. Central.

• 2nd Saturday: 5 - 6:30 pm: Park Avenue Baptist Church, 1101 S. Arthur.

• 3rd Saturday, 5:30 - 7pm: First United Methodist Church, 421 W. Central

Other meal programs in our community

• Good Neighbor Nutrition Program (American Red Cross – Midway-Kansas Chapter). Serves nutritionally-balanced meals each weekday at noon to residents age 60 or older, at Senior Citizen Centers in Andover, Augusta and El Dorado. Meals are by reservation only and on a donation basis (suggested donation: $2.00 per meal). To make a meal reservation, call one week in advance: 316-219-4020. To inquire about Home Delivered Meals, call 316-219-4026

Meals-on-Wheels. Volunteers deliver meals to the elderly and ill who are homebound and need food assistance in El Dorado, Benton and Towanda. A suggested donation is $2.25 per meal. To sign up to receive meals, call 316-322-457.

• Freezer Meals for Seniors. Provides meals to seniors who have no access to a formal lunch program (Meals on Wheels, Good Neighbor Nutrition, and senior centers’ lunch programs). For Butler County residents age 60 or older who are unable to prepare and cook a meal, meals are delivered by RSVP volunteers and cost $1.75 per meal (financial assistance available for those who quality). Contact the Butler County Dept. of Aging, 316-775-0500 or 1-800-279-3655

Community meals near Butler County

• The Lord’s Dinner, sponsored by the Catholic Diocese of Wichita, serves free evening meals daily, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm (every day of the year), at two locations in Wichita: 520 N. Broadway, 316/295-2122 (corner of Broadway & Central), and 2825 S. Hillside, 316-266-4966 (former Bread of Life building).

• Drop-In Resource Center, 402 E. Second in Wichita. Lunch is served weekdays at noon to those who checked in by 11:45 am. For questions, call 316-269-4250

• Venture House, Episcopal Social Services (ESS), Wichita. Everyone is welcome to stop by for free hot lunches: Monday – Friday: 11:30am – 12:30pm. For questions: 316-269-4160 Please let us know if there are other meal ministries in El Dorado not included in the above information.

Free community meals for those living with food insecurity - that’s Community Grace!

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