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Back by popular demand: Lunch extended by 3 weeks

Back by popular demand: Lunch extended by 3 weeks

The Lunch Lizard lives — at least for another three weeks.

School District 51’s new food truck, the Lunch Lizard, was scheduled to stop providing mobile lunch service to five Grand Valley neighborhoods this week.

However, additional funding from the Western Colorado Community Foundation, the Rocky Mountain Health Plans Foundation and Share Our Strength/Arby’s Foundation will allow the truck to continue serving free lunches to kids 18 and younger through July 16, according to a press release from the district. Demand for meals during the summertime, especially from kids who depend on school-provided lunches during the rest of the year, drove the district’s decision to seek funding for additional weeks running the Lunch Lizard.

“We are serving an average of 160 kids per day and wanted to continue to provide them with a hot, nutritious meal,” District 51 Nutrition Services Director Dan Sharp said in the release. “Once we knew we had funding and staff availability, we absolutely wanted to continue the program into July.”

The truck will continue to hit five stops Monday through Thursday but will take July 2 off. The stops are the same except for one — the Lunch Lizard will stop at Monument Ridge Town Homes on Linden Avenue instead of the parking lot at Dos Rios Elementary starting Monday. The stops for the Racquet Club Apartments and Lincoln Park will swap places in the schedule and the times the truck will park at each stop have changed as well.

Starting Monday, the truck’s schedule will be:

■ Duck Pond Park on Santa Clara Avenue from 11 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

■  Linden Pointe Apartments at 1975 Barcelona Way from 11:25 a.m. to 11:35 a.m.

■  Monument Ridge Town Homes on Linden Avenue from 11:40 a.m. to 11:55 a.m.

■  Lincoln Park, 1340 Gunnison Avenue from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m.

■  Racquet Club Apartments, 2915 Orchard Ave., 1:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Stationary lunch service has been extended at Chipeta Elementary as well. The school at 950 Chipeta Ave. will serve free lunch to anyone 18 or under from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Monday through Thursday except for July 2 through July 16. The cafeteria will be closed July 2 and will not serve meals on Fridays, as it did in June.

Free breakfast and lunch service provided in June at Rocky Mountain Elementary has ended.

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