JFS Perspectives

Monday, May 14, 2018

Lunchbox Express Providing Free Summer Lunches to Low-Income Children at 16 Locations

Lunchbox Express Providing Free Summer Lunches to Low-Income Children at 16 Locations

Lunchbox Express, a program of Jewish Family Service of Colorado (JFS), will begin providing free summer lunches through the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program on May 29. Lunchbox Express is a simple mobile food delivery system that brings fresh, nutritious lunches to low-income children via mini school buses. The program targets residential areas with a high percentage of children who typically receive free or reduced-fee lunches at school during the school year.

This year, JFS has moved away from shelf-stable lunches to freshly prepared meals including more high-quality, fresh ingredients to give children healthier options. The lunches are professionally prepared by cooks in a commercial kitchen every morning and include more than 60 varieties of salads, wraps, and sandwiches. The meals comply with USDA nutritional guidelines.

Volunteers play a vital role in the Lunchbox Express program and the agency is seeking volunteers to deliver the meals from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., May 29 to August 17. Volunteers can commit to a single shift or a weekly or daily shift. For more information about volunteering, contact volunteer@jewishfamilyservice.org or visit www.jewishfamilyservice.org/volunteer.

Meals will be provided to all children under 18 regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.

Meals will be available at the following sites, dates, and times, Monday through Friday (except July 4):

Download the routes flyer

June 4 to August 17, 2018

SouthWest Improvement Council
1000 S. Lowell Boulevard, Denver 80219
11:00–11:30 a.m.

Community Ministries
1755 S. Zuni Street, Denver 80223
11:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

College View Community Center
2525 S. Decatur Street, Denver 80219
12:30–1:00 p.m.

June 4 to August 17, 2018

CMS at Garfield Park
3600 W. Mississippi Ave., Denver 80219
11:00–11:30 a.m.

Knapp Elementary School
500 South Utica Street, Denver 80219
11:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

Goldrick Elementary School
1050 South Zuni Street, Denver 80223
12:30–1:00 p.m.

May 29 to August 15, 2018

Ray Ross Park
680 South Harlan Street, Lakewood 80226
11:00–11:30 a.m.

Surfside Spray Park
5330 W. 9th Avenue, Lakewood 80214
11:45 a.m. –12:15 p.m.

Lakewood Link Recreation Center
1295 S. Reed Street, Lakewood 80232
12:30–1:00 p.m.

May 29 to August 15, 2018

Wheat Ridge Library
5475 West 32nd Avenue, Wheat Ridge 80212
11:00–11:30 a.m.

Lakewood Library
10200 West 20th Avenue, Lakewood 80215
11:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

Belmar Library
555 South Allison Parkway, Lakewood 80226
12:30–1:00 p.m.

May 29 to August 3, 2018

Spencer Garrett Park
1600 Joliet Street, Aurora 80010
11:00–11:30 a.m.

Hidden Brook Apartments
1313 Xenia Street, Denver 80220
11:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

The Gardens of Hope Communities
(June 4 to August 17)
4919 E. Thrill Place, Denver 80207
12:30–1:00 p.m.

Sheridan Recreation Center

3325 West Oxford Avenue, Sheridan 80236
June 4 to July 6, 2:00–3:00 p.m.

For more information about the program, please visit www.jewishfamilyservice.org/lunchbox or contact Doug Vega at 720.248.4671 or dvega@jewishfamilyservice.org.

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.