MESA COUNTY, Colo. — There are about 22,000 students in School District 51 that need food assistance. Many of these families do not qualify for free or reduced meals, but they still need some help. Fortunately, D51 has received over $78,000 in grants and donations from several foundations, funds, and other families. The money will cover the cost of the Emergency Meal Program, the Angel Lunch Fund, and the Lunch Lizard, and school district officials could not be more thankful.
Dan Sharp, D51 Food Services Director, says, “it’s really neat to see how this community has stepped up, realizing that kids need food because if they are going to come back to school in the fall and be ready to learn, they need that fuel, and that means a lot.”
Since March, D51 has served over 20,000 meals a week to students in Mesa County.