D-51 Emergency Meal Program

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Trays of food at a school cafeteria. (KOIN)

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — D51 Food & Nutrition Services will provide safe nutritious daily meal service for all Mesa County children 18 years or younger at eleven schools including three Lunch Lizard mobile stops. All drive-thru stops are selected based on USDA Eligibility Requirements in 50 percent or greater free and reduced areas of Mesa County. Children accessing the daily childhood hunger program can be from any school system in Mesa County. 

The meal service will begin Monday, March 23, 2020, and run Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at all school site locations; see schedule below for times and locations.

D-51 will provide children with a lunch choice of either the hot entree of the day OR cold option of the day. All lunch choices will include a fruit, vegetable and milk. In addition to the daily lunch choice, students will receive a grab ‘n’ go breakfast pack to be used as a breakfast for the next morning. 

At school sites, meals will be provided curbside in the main entry loop. The pre-packed sack lunch and breakfast will be given out in a system similar to a drive-thru at a restaurant to help ensure social distancing. Food Bank of the Rockies and Kids Aid will be providing food as well (schedule to be determined). 

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