In 2015, WCCF and Mesa County Valley School District 51’s Food and Nutrition Services piloted the Lunch Lizard Summer Mobile Meals Program, providing free, nutritious meals to children ages 0-18 in Mesa County’s lower income areas. Lunch is brought directly to where children live and play, decreasing barriers for children to access summer meals. Partners like School District 51 help WCCF identify community needs. For instance, over 10,000 students are eligible for free and reduced lunches, but these children have limited meal options in the summer months.
Since 2015, the Lunch Lizard has increased the number of meals served sixfold, providing about 20,000 meals to children each summer. Western Slope Food Bank of the Rockies and Kids Aid partner with the program, with Kids Aid providing about 2,000 bags of weekend food.
The Lunch Lizard’s two food trucks serve about seven community sites during the summer. The Lunch Lizard trucks are also used during the school year to bring meals to schools that do not have kitchens and the trucks were a great help during the on-set of COVID in 2020, immediately bringing meals to students in underserved communities when schools went to on-line learning.
For more information on summer meals near your community see the Summer Meals Western Colorado Facebook page.
To learn more about District 51’s Food and Nutrition Services, see their webpage.