Recognition for local program
Kids Need To Eat has been selected by the Kansas State Department of Education to receive a Best Practice Award for its summer meal program, Kidz LunchBox. The award recognizes KN2E’s innovative outreach efforts in 2017 to increase kids’ access to healthy meals during the summer.
Since 2013, Kidz LunchBox has been providing free summer meals for kids ages 18 and under – to replace meals many eat for free at school. Providing access to healthy meals in the summer helps kids return to school better ready to learn.
Given the rapid increase in the number of kids fed at LunchBox meal sites, last summer KN2E began participating in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), administered by the State Dept. of Education. In 2017 KN2E also launched its GLOW Bus – an old school bus converted to a lunchroom to take free meals to where kids live and play.
KN2E outreach efforts include yard signs along major traffic routes and banners at key intersections. Local news coverage and Shoppers’ Guide also are used. Also, USD 490 publicizes meal sites to students. Last summer flyers were distributed by the US Postal Service to every door on targeted postal routes.
Another innovation was giving families the option to sign up for a daily text message or email reminder about the LunchBox. That made it easy to send reminders to highlight special activities – such as Free Book Days, fresh produce, and weekend backpacks.
Information about the Kids LunchBox 2018 meal sites is available online at www.KN2E.org.
A Kidz LunchBox 2018 Kickoff Celebration is planned from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 30, 2018 at the Family Worship Center, 701 S. Atchison in El Dorado