Lunch Lizard service begins Tuesday, May 31

Grand Junction, CO – District 51’s Lunch Lizard mobile food truck program will expand this summer with the addition of a second Lunch Lizard truck. Having two food trucks on the road delivering free, hot meals to children 18 or younger through the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program will allow the program to reach twice as many hungry kids in twice as many neighborhoods.

The district debuted the original Lunch Lizard last summer as a way to feed more hungry kids where they live. While some students visited standalone food sites in summers past, transportation was a barrier for many kids. The Lunch Lizard makes stops in neighborhoods with a high population of students who receive free meals during the school year so they can easily continue to receive those meals.

Starting Tuesday, May 31, Lunch Lizard 1 will make six stops every weekday on Orchard Mesa and in downtown Grand Junction and Lunch Lizard 2 will follow a six-stop route in Clifton and Fruitvale. Service will continue Monday through Friday on both routes through Friday, July 29. Service will be unavailable July 1-5 due to the Independence Day holiday.

In addition to the Lunch Lizard stops, children can go to Bookcliff Middle School, Chipeta Elementary, and Rocky Mountain Elementary for free, on-site summer meal service.

A generous donation from the Western Colorado Community Foundation made last year’s purchase of the original Lunch Lizard possible.

This year, the Foundation, Rocky Mountain Health Plans, the Grand Junction Lions Club, Colorado Mesa University business students, Alpine Bank, Arby’s Foundation, and Independence Academy all donated funds to purchase the Lunch Lizard 2 food truck.

The two Lunch Lizard vehicles are identical – kids on either route should look for the truck with a cartoon lizard and desert scenes. The full schedules for both the Lunch Lizard trucks and on-site meal service are posted on the right.

Lunch Lizard 1 Schedule (Monday-Friday)

Location Time
Orchard Mesa Duck Pond Park 10:45-11:00 a.m.
Eagle Rim Park 11:10-11:35 a.m.
Monument Ridge Apts 11:45 a.m.-Noon
Columbine Park 12:40-12:55 p.m.
29 Road/Racquet Club Apts 1:00-1:15 p.m.
Lincoln Park 1:30-2:10 p.m.

 

Lunch Lizard 2 Schedule (Monday-Friday)

Location Time
Long’s Memorial Skate Park 10:50-11:10 a.m.
Clifton Elementary 11:20-11:35 a.m.
Arrow Leaf Neighborhood Park 11:40-11:55 a.m.
Mesa Avenue Park 12:10-12:25 p.m.
Kimwood Park 12:50-1:05 p.m.
Candlewood Mobile Home Park 1:10-1:25 p.m.

 

On-site Meal Service

Location Time Dates
Bookcliff Middle 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. May 31-July 29 (M-F)
Chipeta Elementary 11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. May 31-July 29 (M-F)
Rocky Mountain Elementary 12:00 p.m. -12:30 p.m. June 6-30

(M-Th)