Lunch Lizard Summer Meal Program

COVID-19 Updates

March 18, 2020

The D51 Nutrition Services Department has created an Emergency Meal Service Program to serve students in high needs areas during the building closures. Please click here for more information.

Please note that 11 schools will have curb-side service where participants can come to the school and pick up their meals and leave. There will be no place for students to sit. 

In addition, the Lunch Lizard route will serve three locations: Mesa Ave Park, Kimwood Park, and Candlewood Community Center. 

Click here for more information.  

Please continue to check our COVID-19 Updates page for detailed updates as they become available.

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Mesa County Mobile Summer Food Program
Feeding Hungry Kids...One Neighborhood at a Time

School Sites and Lunch Lizard Schedule - English
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Summer Menu
Lunch Lizard Activity Calendar
Summer Program Volunteer Information

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

In 2015, the Western Colorado Community Foundation (WCCF) identified child hunger in western Colorado as a critical issue impacting thousands of children and their ability to learn.  Working with Mesa County Valley School District 51 Food and Nutrition Services, WCCF identified a gap in summer food programs due to loss of grant funding and other financial challenges.  Children who qualified for free and reduced lunch (higher than 90 percent at some schools), had no option for summer meals, facing weeks without a steady, nutritious meal.

In response to this gap in services for children, WCCF began partnering with D51 in 2015 by piloting a mobile meal program that would take nutritious meals to children, in the communities where they live and play.  Over 40 percent of families who participated in one survey about summer meals stated that meal sites were typically challenging for them to get to, either due to work obligations or lack of reliable transportation.  Mobile meals remove such barriers, bringing food directly to children.  This is made possible through the USDA's Summer Food Service Program which began supporting mobile food trucks in 1999.

In 2015, WCCF provided D51 with a grant of $58,000 to purchase "Lunch Lizard 1.0". During the pilot summer, one food truck delivered meals to five locations in Grand Junction and Orchard Mesa four days a week, over 4,000 meals were served during the seven week pilot.  In 2016, the community joined in to help feed hungry children providing funding to procure a second food truck; Lunch Lizard 2.0!  The organizations listed below are principle donors/supporters to Lunch Lizard 2.0.  Over 16,000 meals were served through the Lunch Lizard food trucks in summer 2016, quadrupling meals served from 2015.  In 2017 and thereafter, the Lunch Lizard expanded to 9 weeks, added a third truck serving 15 stops a day totaling 25,000 meals per summer! 

  The Lunch Lizard is made possible through support from Western Colorado Community Foundation donors, Rocky Mountain Health Plans, GJ Lion's Club, Alpine Bank, Share our Strength/Arby's Foundation, CMU Business Honors students and Independence Academy students.


Primary Sponsors:

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Communty Partners:

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Mobile meals delivered by D51's Lunch Lizard food trucks


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