Lunch Lizard Summer Meal Program

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Mesa County Mobile Summer Food Program

Feeding Hungry Kids...One Neighborhood at a Time

In 2015, Western Colorado Community Foundation (WCCF) identified child hunger in western Colorado as a critical issue that impacts hundreds of children and their ability to learn. Working with Mesa County Valley School District 51 Food and Nutrition Services (D51), WCCF identified a gap in summer food programs due to loss of grant funding and other financial challenges. Schools that had previously been open for summer school and meals were no longer operating during summer break. 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 meals 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 organizations listed below are principle donors to Lunch Lizard 2.0! Many other partners have supported the program-see below. Over 16,000 meals were served through the Lunch Lizard two food trucks in summer 2016, quadrupling meals served from 2015. In 2017 we have added an additional week, additional stops and a new Palisade route. With three Lunch Lizard trucks serving 16 stops a day over 10 weeks totaled over 25,000 meals served in the 2017 Summer campaign!

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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.

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Primary Sponsors:

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Communty Partners:

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Free Meals for all kids 18 and under!

Mobile meals delivered by D51's Lunch Lizard food trucks

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School Sites Address Lunch Dates Days Served
Chipeta Elementary 950 Chipeta Ave. 11:00am – 12:15pm May 30 – Aug 4th

Mon - Friday

No July 3-5


Orchard Mesa & Downtown Route

Address Lunch Dates Days Served
Riverside Park

675 W Colorado Ave. Playgroud

10:45am - 11:05am May 30 - Aug 4

Mon - Friday

No July 3-5

Monument Ridge Apartments 265 Linden Ave. Orchard Mesa 11:15 am - 11:30pm May 30 - August 4

Mon - Friday

No July 3-5

Linden Pointe Apts 1975 Barcelona Way Orchard Mesa 11:35pm – 11:50pm May 30 - Aug 4

Mon - Friday

No July 3-5

Eagle Rim Park 2746 Cheyenne Drive Orchard Mesa 12:00pm - 12:25pm May 30 - Aug 4

Mon - Friday

No July 3-5

Village Park Apts

615 28 1/4 Rd

Grand Junction

12:55pm – 1:15pm May 30 - Aug 4

Mon - Friday

No July 3-5

Garden Village Apts 2601 Belford Ave Grand Junction

1:25pm - 1:40pm

May 30 - Aug 4 Mon - Friday

No July 3-5

Lincoln Park

1340 Gunnison Ave. Grand Junction

1:45pm - 2:15pm May 30 - Aug 4 Mon - Friday

No July 3-5


Clifton Route Address Lunch Dates Days Served
Columbine Park

1827 N 26th St

Grand Junction

10:45am – 11:00am May 30 - Aug 4

Mon - Friday

No July 3-5

Long’s Park

544 28 1/4 Rd

Grand Junction

11:10am – 11:20am May 30 - Aug 4

Mon - Friday

No July 3-5

Applewood Estates

516 31 1/2 Rd

Playground by office

11:30am - 11:45am May 30 - Aug 4

Mon - Friday

No July 3-5

Clifton Elementary

3276 F Rd.

Gazebo

12:00am – 12:15pm May 30 - Aug 4

Mon - Friday

No July 3-5

Mesa Ave. Park 3216 Mesa Ave. 12:25pm - 12:50pm May 30 - Aug 4

Mon - Friday

No July 3-5

Kimwood Park 3240 White Ave. 1:00pm – 1:15pm May 30 - Aug 4

Mon - Friday

No July 3-5

Candlewood Community Center 424 32 Rd. #279 1:25pm - 1:45pm May 30 - Aug 4

Mon - Friday

No July 3-5


Palisade Mobile Homes 131 N. Bower Ave. Near basketball hoops 11:45am - 12:00pm May 30 - Aug 4 Mon - Thur.

No July 3-5

Veteran's Memorial Park 120 W 8th St. Skate Park 12:05pm - 12:20pm May 30 - Aug 4 Mon - Thur.

No July 3-5

Community Pool 571 W 5th St Palisade 12:30pm - 1:05pm May 30 - Aug 4 Mon - Thur.

No July 3-5


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