Mesa County Mobile Summer Food Program
Feeding Hungry Kids...One Neighborhood at a Time
Lunch Lizard 2.0 funded by the following sponsors:
In 2015, Western Colorado Community Foundation’s (WCCF) identified child hunger in western Colorado as its first community leadership project, an issue that impacts hundreds of children and their ability to learn. Working with Mesa County Valley School District 51 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 80% rate at some schools), had no option for summer meals, facing weeks without a steady, nutritious meal. WCCF and District 51 partnered to pilot the first Mobile Summer Meal Program – the Lunch Lizard, to bring hot, nutritious meals directly to children in high need areas on a five stop route through Orchard Mesa and Grand Junction. WCCF provided the grant funding of $58,000 to purchase, retrofit and wrap the truck to be kid friendly and equipped to deliver up to 200 hot meals per day to five sites. The food, kitchen prep and two staff for the truck were covered through the USDA Summer Food Service. Funding partners for Lunch Lizard 1.0 include WCCF donors, Rocky Mountain Health Plans Foundation, Share Our Strength/Arby’s Foundation. Program partners included Kids Aid and AmeriCorps volunteers. In 2015, the pilot Lunch Lizard served an average of 160 meals per day, four days per week; in total, over 4,000 meals served. Kids Aid Mesa County provided nearly 800 backpacks of weekend food provisions. The Lunch Lizard is also being used during the school year to bring lunches to alternative schools that do not have kitchens. The program is being expanded in summer 2016, operating from May 31—July 29, Monday—Friday, with expansion from five sites to twelve, including six new locations in the Clifton area, where free and reduced lunch rates run as high as 90%. A second food truck has been purchased entirely through generous community donations from Western Colorado Community Foundation donors, Rocky Mountain Health Plans, Grand Junction Lion’s Club, Alpine Bank, No Kid Hungry-Share Our Strength, CMU Business Honors students and Independence Academy students. Program partners include Kids Aid, RSVP volunteers, Altrusa Club and National Honor Society students.
Summer 2016 school menu.pdf
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.
Mobile meals delivered by D51's Lunch Lizard food trucks
Mon - Friday
No July 1-5
Orchard Mesa Route
Santa Clara Ave. entrance,
3118 E½ Rd.
South by the skate park
516 31 1/2 Rd
Playground by office
Mon - Friday
3276 F Rd.