Published: May. 13, 2022 at 4:15 PM MDT

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) – Schools everywhere will soon be adjourning for summer break which means for many kids, daily meals will be harder to come by.

In 2015, District 51 and the Western Colorado Community Foundation launched a pilot program aimed at getting meals to kids in need throughout the summer. The district said during the school year, students who qualify are able to get breakfast and lunch free of charge thanks to federal funding. But summer was a different story.

“The question came up, how do these kids get food in the summer time and that’s when Lunch Lizard was born,” said Dan Sharp, director of food and nutrition services for District 51. “We saw the need in the community right away. We were hitting a lot of the income areas of the community that are a little bit lower and we noticed there are kids and families that liked receiving that help and assistance during the summer time.”

When Lunch Lizard first started they had one truck running five routes, bringing meals to kids every day. The Western Colorado Community Foundation president, Anne Wenzel said the need was great. The first year the program was around, Lunch Lizard delivered around 4,000 meals. In 2021, Wenzel said they delivered 40,000 meals.

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