What children need to succeed . . .

Families that are:

  • economically stable,
  • emotionally healthy and
  • actively engaged in children’s learning every day.

How can we promote economically stable families?

How can we support children in families that aren’t economically stable?


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Summer Highlights: 2013

El Dorado LunchBox: Summer Meals for Kids

Free Daily Lunch Sacks: Monday – Thursday, 7/1 – 8/8
•  For all children under age 18, including babies and toddlers.
•  1953 lunches distributed over the noon hour at Skelly School.
•  USD shuttle buses brought children from other schools.
•  Up to 160 kids given a lunch sack each day & an extra lunch on Thursdays.
•  Children’s Books: Tuesdays children took home a free book

Need Based Weekend Foodpacks: June 3 – August 8
•  Over 200 children served in 75 households this summer.
•  Up to 128 children received free Foodpacks on Thursdays for 10 weeks.
•  Ages ranged from 6 mo. to 17 (57 age 4 & under / 58 age 10 & older).
•  Foodpacks contained 3 lunches plus foods for other meals
•  1134 Foodpacks passed out included 3400 lunches and other meals.

Numana, Inc. & Numana Gardens
•  Fresh produce from Numana Gardens, including: carrots, corn,  cucumbers, cantaloupe and green beans
•  360 easy to cook beans & rice meal packages (3240 servings)
•  Disposal aprons, plastic gloves & hair restraints

Additional food and other donations
•  Kansas Food Bank – fresh corn, nectarines
•  First Baptist Church, El Dorado – goodies, baby food & diapers
•  GIV Warehouse, United Way of the Plains – books, hygiene & other items
•  Art of Life Chiropractic – food
•  First United Methodist Church – crayons & activity sheets
•  Head Start of El Dorado – crayons, activity pages
•  Gently used books donated by many El Dorado residents
•  Logo designed by Trisha Menadue
•  Frisbees donated by the Riddle family
•  Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas – paid 5 teens to work for program

Information flyers & brochures
•  Health Dept. of Butler County
•  Extension Office of Butler County

Posters, outreach flyers & bus schedules
• Butler Community College
• Commerce Bank, El Dorado
• Emprise Bank, El Dorado
• USD 490

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El Dorado LunchBox: Summer Meals for Kids

Kids under the age of 18 can pick up a free sack lunch in El Dorado, Kansas, Monday through Thursdays, from July 1 through August 8 (but not on Thursday, July 4).

The El Dorado LunchBox program is handing out free sack lunches over the noon hour at Skelly Elementary School on Towanda Street in El Dorado.

Shuttle bus service to and from Skelly Elementary is available from other USD 490 El Dorado schools. Click here for the BUS SCHEDULE.

No registration is required.
For questions, email kidsneedtoeat@msn.com or call at 316-323-0595.


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Fast Facts: Hungry Children in Our Community

  • The food insecurity rate among children living in Kansas is over 22.7 %.
  • The poverty rate in Butler County is close to 16%.
  • During a national study on food hardship, 18 % of Butler County residents reported Inability to afford enough food.
  • El Dorado Public Schools (USD 490) statistics show that over 55 % of students qualified for free and reduced fee lunches (due to living in economically disadvantaged households) last year. The number increased to 66 % this year.
  • According to a national report published in February 2012, during the last decade the number of children living in high-poverty areas increased by 25% nationally — but in Kansas, it increased by 229%.
  • Hunger affects the physical, cognitive and behavioral development of children.
  • Children living in food-insecure households are likely to experience fatigue, poor concentration and difficulty learning in school. School lunch programs help, but don’t solve the whole problem.
  • Having enough food to eat can be particularly hard for homeless students.

Per Kansas Dept. of Education data, Butler County School Districts identified at least 147 students who were homeless in 2012. This data does not include: homeless children and youth who are NOT in school (including those too young to attend school). Also, not all homeless students will disclose that they are homeless.

For further information or questions about the sources for this data, please contact:  Judie Storandt, Community Advocate & Blogger , 405-308-9158  /  jgstorandt@msn.com

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Test Your Knowledge: THE HUNGER QUIZ

Food insecurity means lacking reliable access to enough food for a healthy life.

Take this quiz to test your knowledge about hungry children in the United States.

True or False?    [*answers below]

  1.   One in six Americans do not have access to enough food.

  2.   Most persons who experience hunger are homeless and out of work.

  3.   Few children experience hunger because there are programs to care for them.

  4.   Most persons in low income households would be fine if they just worked harder.

  5.   Even college educated adults struggle with issues of hunger in this country.

  6.   Lack of adequate nutrition only affects a child’s growth.

  7.   In school, children living in food-insecure households perform just as well as children who have enough nutrition daily.

  8.   More than 2 million rural households experience food insecurity.

  9.   Urban counties have the highest poverty rates in the U.S.

 10.   Nearly 49 million Americans don’t have dependable, consistent access to enough food due to limited money and resources.


  • Hunger is a reality for 1 in 6 people: including hard-working adults, children, and seniors who are forced to go without food due to limited resources.
  • Hunger is not an issue just for the homeless and those living in poverty. In the Feeding American Network, 36 % of households served have at least one working adult.
  • Lack of resources prevents nearly 49 million people from getting enough food.
  • 17 million children live in food-insecure households. Hunger affects their physical, cognitive and behavioral development.
  • Children in food-insecure households are likely to experience fatigue and difficulty learning in school. School lunch programs help but don’t solve the whole problem.
  • Insufficient nutrition puts children at risk for illness and weakens their immune system. In adults, it can contribute to physical illness and mental health problems.


1. True. 2. False. 3. False. 4. False. 5. True. 6. False. 7. False. 8. True. 9. False. 10. True.

Adapted from: http://feedingamerica.org/hunger-in-america/hunger-facts.aspx

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