Lunch Lizard summer meals program to expand

Grand Junction, CO – Mesa County Valley School District 51 announces the sponsorship of the local Summer Food Service Program, which will provide free meals for all children 18 or younger in the community at the sites listed below starting Tuesday, May 31, 2016, and running through Friday, July 29, 2016. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

For the second consecutive summer, the Summer Food Service Program will deliver meals to children in need through mobile food truck service. The Western Colorado Community Foundation generously donated the funds to purchase our first food truck last year, the Lunch Lizard. Donations this year from the foundation, Rocky Mountain Health Plans, the Grand Junction Lions Club, Colorado Mesa University business students, Alpine Bank, Share Our Strength/Arby’s Foundation, and Independence Academy will fund a second food truck, the Lunch Lizard 2.

The addition of a second Lunch Lizard will allow the mobile lunch program to visit more neighborhoods and serve even more children who may otherwise go hungry over the summer. The original Lunch Lizard will follow a route in central Grand Junction and Orchard Mesa, while Lunch Lizard 2 will focus on Clifton and Fruitvale. The vehicles are identical – just look for the truck with a cartoon lizard and desert scenes.

This year’s program expands the number of mobile food service days from four to five days per week and extends the length of food service from six weeks to nine weeks.

In addition to the Lunch Lizard stops, Bookcliff Middle School, Chipeta Elementary, and Rocky Mountain Elementary will offer on-site summer meal service. Meals will be provided at no cost to the children who participate and offered on a first come, first served basis. The full Lunch Lizard and standalone site food service schedules are available on the second page of this news release. All sites will be closed on July 1, 4 and 5 for the Independence Day holiday.

Summer 2016 Lunch Lizard Schedule

Duck Pond Park

Santa Clara Avenue – Orchard Mesa

10:45 am – 11:00 am Monday-Friday
Eagle Rim Park

2746 Cheyenne Drive – Orchard Mesa

11:10 am – 11:35 am Monday-Friday
Monument Ridge Apartments

265 Linden Avenue – Orchard Mesa

11:45 am – 12:00 pm Monday-Friday
Columbine Park

544 28 ¼ Road – Grand Junction

12:40 pm – 12:55 pm Monday-Friday
29 Road / Racquet Club Apartments

2915 Orchard Avenue – Grand Junction

1:00 pm – 1:15 pm Monday-Friday
Lincoln Park

1340 Gunnison Avenue – Grand Junction

1:30 pm – 2:10 pm Monday-Friday



Summer 2016 Lunch Lizard 2 Schedule

Long’s Memorial Skate Park

3118 E ½ Road – Grand Junction

10:50 am – 11:10 am Monday-Friday
Clifton Elementary

3276 F Road – Clifton

11:20 am – 11:35 am Monday-Friday
Arrow Leaf Neighborhood Park

33 Road & San Felipe – green space at corner of Arrow Leaf Drive – Clifton

11:40 am – 11:55 am Monday-Friday
Mesa Avenue Park 12:10 pm – 12:25 pm Monday-Friday
Kimwood Park

3240 White Avenue – Clifton

12:50 pm – 1:05 pm Monday-Friday
Candlewood Mobile Home Park

424 32 Road – Clifton

1:10 pm – 1:25 pm Monday-Friday


Summer 2016 Standalone Food Service Sites

Location Time Serving Days
Chipeta Elementary 11:00 am – 12:15 pm Monday-Friday
Bookcliff Middle School 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Monday-Friday
 Rocky Mt. Elementary (This site will operate from June 6 – June 30) 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm Monday-Thursday