There is a need for more volunteers this summer as a result of expanding to two locations five days a week
Free meals will be passed out to children at two locations in El Dorado this summer: the Family Worship Center at Atchison Street and Carr Avenue and Forest Park at Taylor Street and Ninth Avenue. Children under age 18 can pick up free meals during the noon hour Monday through Friday for a six-week period from June 30 through Aug. 8.
El Dorado LunchBox: Summer Meals for Kids is a partnership between the El Dorado Schools (USD 490), Kids Need 2 Eat (KN2E), Numana and the Kansas Food Bank.
Last summer the LunchBox distributed more than 5,500 free lunches and other meals to children. In addition to lunch sacks and other healthy foods, kids can take home fresh produce donated by Numana Gardens. Baby food and diapers will be available for babies ages 6 months to 16 months.
The goal is to help replace meals many children eat for free at school when it is in session, but don’t have access to during summer break.
“Kids need nutritious foods for the healthy development of the bodies and brains,” said KN2E Board Member Sarah Johnston, MD, MPH. “Ensuring kids have access to adequate food during the summer break helps them return to school ready to learn.”
Shelley Shipman, KN2E vice president, shared the need for more volunteers this summer as a result of expanding to two locations five days a week.
Interested persons can email kidsneed2eat@ msn.com or visit www.kidsneed2eat.org.
New this year is a Summer Youth Service Program, offering church and other youth groups the opportunity to volunteer as a form of community service.
“Volunteering for the LunchBox was great fun, and it was rewarding to see how happy kids were to get the food,” said El Dorado High School senior Heather Riddle, who participated last summer.
Donations to help provide lunches for kids are still needed for this summer. A sack lunch with a milk carton cost $2.50. Checks can be sent to the Kansas Food Bank, designating “El Dorado LunchBox” on the memo line.
Other ways to support this program were noted by KN2E Board Member, Barbara Day.
“KN2E is collecting gently used children’s books to hand out, diapers (sizes three and four), and shelf stable breakfast and snack foods,” she said.
For details, contact KN2E President Judie Storandt at 405-308-9158.