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Recommendations: 2014 El Dorado LunchBox

Recommendations: 2014 El Dorado LunchBox

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Summarizes recommendations for the 2014 El Dorado LunchBox: Summer Meals for Kids in Butler County, Kansas.
Summarizes recommendations for the 2014 El Dorado LunchBox: Summer Meals for Kids in Butler County, Kansas.

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KIDS NEED TO EAT, INC.
El Dorado LunchBox: Summer Meals For Kids
2014 Recommendations
(9-02-2013)
A. GENERAL
For more flexibility, continue to
fund the program privately
rather than accepting USDA funding.
 At best we reached 15% of children on the free & reduce rate meals program during the school year (about 1150 children).
Budget to
distribute 7000 - 8000 lunches
in 2014.
Expand daily sack lunches to more days
Add 3 mobile sites in El Dorado.
Discontinue Weekend Foodpacks.
Expand daily sack lunches to another area in Butler County - starting with Towanda.
Expand the El Dorado LunchBox “partnership
” to include those that were informal partners in2013, such as BCC, Numana, Inc., Numana Gardens, the First Baptist Church, etc.
B. Expand the daily sack lunch program in the El Dorado area.
Expand the number of daily lunches by
adding a Friday distribution
(kids take home an extra lunchon Friday for the next day).
C. Add a Mobile LunchBox program.
3 sites (30 mins. at each, including set up time) if use van big enough for 100 lunch sacks.
Inquire about using the USD 490 refrigerated trucks., otherwise identify vans we can use.
Requires 2 volunteers: A LunchBoxer & an adult volunteer.
Need a folding table, clip board,
pop up canopy tent
for when raining, and plastic bins for goodies.
Schedule: Leave Skelly at 11:15 am & return at 1:15 pm.
11:30 - 11:50 McCollum Park
noon - 12:30 Forest Park or Lincoln School
12:40 - 1pm Quail Ridge Apts.
D. Discontinue Weekend Foodpacks
Pros:
1.Having 2 programs - daily lunch sacks + Weekend foodpacks - was confusing.2.Because the daily lunch sack program is open to all children, it eliminates stigma.3.Adding Friday to the daily sack lunches and sending home an extra lunch on Fridays offers all kidsaccess to more food each week.4.Adding 3 mobile sites in low income areas will reach more children, including informal day caresettings (relatives, neighbors, older siblings).5.Organizing referrals, screening households, and checking off eligible children each week was verylabor intensive.6.Weekend Foodpacks will be more expensive in 2014 because we won’t have access to the Kids Mealboxes (the white boxes) that we acquired for $ .64 in 2013.7.Discontinuing Weekend Foodpacks would free up volunteers to assist with the daily lunch program.8.Many local churches have Sunday morning programs for kids that include meals.9.A meal ministry in El dorado offers free dinners at least 4 - 6 nights a week.
Cons:
Children who do not attend the summer academy do not have access to any free meals during June.
It shuts out children who can’t come to a distribution site over the noon hour (e.g., due to parents1
 
working and kids in day care).
E. Expand to another area in Butler County.
Criteria
for prioritizing targeted areas: poverty data, proximity to El Dorado, and communitypartners in the area.
Towanda
meets all of these criteria for a partner site.
The Kansas Food Bank prefers a centralized partner with various sites (in lieu of multipleseparate partners in different sites).
F. Strategies to attract more kids to daily lunch program.
See list of barriers to kids coming for daily sack lunches in the 2013 Final Report.
Improve marketing of shuttle bus pick up sites & times (see also “Buses” below)
 Add a Mobile LunchBox program.
Focus on kids in specific low income areas:
Visit with managers of mobile home parks and low income housing units re: posters & flyersmailed w/ rent notices, etc.
Lawn signs at entrances to low income housing & mobile home parks.
G. BUSES
1.Reconsider bus routes in light of mobile sites, low income pockets, etc.2.Purchase “Take the Bus Here” lawn signs to write in bus pick up site & time.3.Broadly advertise the bus schedule, and that adults can ride bus w/ kids.4.Include flyers with the bus schedule in every daily sack lunch during the first weeks.5.Use data from USD 490’s new transportation software to target high density low income areas.
H. Incentives for adults to bring kids.
1.Interview parents to ask what barriers they have, and what incentives that would overcome barriers.2.Offer weekly drawings for $10 gift cards (Dillons fuel cards, Cinema 6, Dollar Store)3.Use a point system to qualify for free gifts.4.Advertise that adults can ride USD 490 Shuttle Bus with their kids.5.Change locations of Shuttle Bus pick up sites (e.g., McCollum Park, etc.)6.Offer free diapers and baby food7.Offer a lunch to adults who come with kids if they want a lunch, too.8.Promote free books/toys for kids,9.Offer parenting resources (e.g., parent skills tip cards; flyers w/ online resources).10.Welcome kids in day care homes (in 2013 we discouraged)
I. Incentives for more children to come for daily lunch program
Children’s Books Day
was very popular and merits being continued.
Identify a partner (a church, civic group, business, etc.) to take on this component.
Expand Food Plus options
Free Toy Day (yoyos, Frisbees, play dough, gliders, bubbles, crayons & activity sheets, etc.)
Frozen Treat Day on Tuesdays
Breakfast Packs on Fridays
Healthy Snacking demos
Numana meal packages tasting day
Breakfast packs on Mondays
Adjunct activities & special attractions at Skelly - however, most kids come by car or will gettheir lunch via the Mobile LunchBox.
Examples:
sidewalk chalk art
soccer on the lawn
music on the lawn (e.g., 20 minutes of D.J. or live music)
J. Daily Lunch Sacks: logistics
2
 
1.Use a more centrally located distribution site, such as the old Middle School if USD 490 still owns it.2.If Skelly is used again, the front entrance on the east would be more visible.3.Conside
changing time
to 11:30 am - 12:30 pm to avoid hottest time of day.4.Instead of or in addition to a second distribution site, add
mobile distribution sites
 5.Talk with City about
traffic light
at Lincoln for crossing 6
th
Ave.6.Replicate handing out LockerMates the first 5 - 6 weeks & then switch to MealBreaks [for variety]/
K. Daily Lunches: OUTREACH
1.
Budget
for many more lawn signs + get permission to post at schools, apt complexes, city parks,library, Wal-Mart entrance, YMCA, pre-schools, churches, shopping malls, credit unions,convenience stores.2.
Budget
to order more lawn signs to advertise the shuttle bus schedule.3.Ask
The Salvation Army
to put a flyer in every bag of groceries it hands out.4.Ask local thrift stores to put a flyer in every bag of goods purchased by customers.5.Collaborate w/
VBS programs
to advertise meal program via flyers, and we can pass out VBS flyers.
L. Goodies
1.Continue to offer extra foods and goodies with lunches & Foodpacks.2.Order from the Food Bank if funding is available.3.If the FBC decides to take on the baby food component, ask local businesses to conduct a food drivefor supplemental foods -- either through direct donations of food or collecting money to purchase.4.Identify food donation sites to collect extra foods donated by the community -- to increase communityawareness and participation.
M. BABYFOOD
1.Again offer baby food instead of a regular lunch on Mondays & Wednesdays.2.
Free diapers
available from the GIV Warehouse.3.
Identify a community partner 
(a church, civic group or business) willing to be responsible for purchasing and distributing the baby food and diapers. We can provide information re kinds of foods,amounts, and related details.
N. NUMANA
1.Add to LunchBoxers’ job description working at Numana Gardens 9am - 10 am on a rotating basis.2.Visit with NG in the winter to debrief and discuss 2014.3.Adopt a schedule that delivers food on a regular basis in order to better schedule cleaning/packing.4.Re meal packages: add to cooking instructions suggestions about ingredients to add for variety.5.Offer a cooking & tasking demo on the first Thursday that meal packages are distributed.
O. FUNDRAISING
1.Submit timely requests for the fall
fundraising cycle.
 2.Submit requests to local
utility companies
(e.g., Westar, Kansas Gas)3.Expand the number of 
small donations
($50 & under) to grow community awareness and support.4.Expand this list of “supporters
P. FINANCES
1.
Avoid opening a checking account
and associated expenses (audits, etc.) - rely on “fiscal agents”such as the Food Bank, and maximize use of the GIV Warehouse.2.Identify
community partners
(churches, civic groups, and businesses) willing to donate &/or paydirectly for expenses; e.g.: printing posters & flyers, extra foods, zip lock bags, plastic aprons, etc.3.Identify partners to:
provide
baby food
collect, organize and hand out
children’s books
once a week
organize
Spa Bags
(toiletries)
donations of inexpensive
free toys
 
Q. LUNCHBOXERS
1.Use the
Workforce Alliance
again to pay teen volunteers/workers, if it is willing.2.Alternatively, approach local businesses about sponsoring these youth.3.Need a clearer understanding re LunchBoxers roles during the Summer Academy.3

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