Lunch Lizard summer service starts May 26

Lunch Lizard summer service start May 26
Posted on 05/19/2020
lunch lizard food truckGrand Junction, CO - Summer Service for the District 51 Lunch Lizard program begins on Tuesday, May 26!

While spring Lunch Lizard and school site meal service has incorporated mostly schools and one of the Lunch Lizard food trucks, summer meal service will use both Lunch Lizard food trucks, as well as some school sites.

This summer, Lunch Lizard 1.0 will make daily stops at Monument Ridge Town Homes, West Middle School, Eureka! McConnell Science Center, and Columbine Park. Lunch Lizard 2.0 will visit Applewood Estates, Mesa Avenue Park, Kimwood Park, and Candlewood Community Center.

Service will also continue at Chipeta Elementary, Clifton Elementary, Fruitvale Elementary, Lincoln Orchard Mesa Elementary, Orchard Mesa Middle School, Pear Park Elementary, Pomona Elementary, Shelledy Elementary, and 13 Brix Cider Bistro in Palisade.

Please check the schedule at bit.ly/lunchlizard for a full list of route times and locations, as well as daily meal menus. All sites will offer both breakfast and lunch, except for West and Eureka, where there will be lunch only. Families will still need to practice proper physical distancing from others in accordance with public health guidelines, and are asked to pick up their meals to go.

There will be a temporary stop in emergency meal service between the spring and summer service sessions, with no emergency meal service offered Thursday or Friday, May 21-22, or on Memorial Day, May 25. Children will receive two to-go breakfasts and two to-go lunches on Wednesday, May 20, in order to help get them through the next day. Our partners at Kids Aid will also supply take-home bags of food for the weekend.

The Lunch Lizard program will serve meals free of charge to any child 18 or younger each Monday through Friday at the sites above throughout the summer, with the exception of the week of Independence Day (June 29-July 3). Any route changes will be announced at bit.ly/lunchlizard and d51schools.org.

This will be the sixth summer of mobile meal service offered through the District 51 Lunch Lizard program. The program was made possible through multiple community donors, including the Western Colorado Community Foundation and is reimbursed for meals through the USDA Summer Food Service Program.

The food truck program brings meals to neighborhoods in District 51 where at least half of students qualify for free or reduced-price school meals. Traditionally, summer meals are offered at schools, but some of the most in-need families struggle to find transportation to a school during the day. The Lunch Lizard solves that problem by bringing food right to hungry children's neighborhoods.


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