JFS Perspectives

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Lunchbox Express Providing Free Summer Lunches and Books at 21 Locations in Disadvantaged Neighborhoods

Lunchbox Express Providing Free Summer Lunches and Books at 21 Locations in Disadvantaged Neighborhoods

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 28. Lunchbox Express is a simple mobile food delivery system that brings fresh, nutritious lunches via repurposed mini school buses and some static sites. 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.


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 distribute the meals from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., May 28 to August 16. 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.


JFS expects to serve more than 25,000 meals to Denver-area children at 16 mobile sites and five static sites this summer. In addition to meals, the Lunchbox Express program will distribute free books to children to promote reading and a love of learning.


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



May 28 to August 2, 2019

Gold Crown Clubhouse at Edgewater
2501 Chase Street, Edgewater 80214
11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Edgewater Library
1800 North Harlan Street, Edgewater 80214
11:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

Hadley Branch Library (June 3 to August 16)
1890 South Grove Street, Edgewater 80219
12:30–3:00 p.m.

May 28 to August 2, 2019

Gold Crown Foundation All Star
200 South Harlan Street, Lakewood 80226
11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Ray Ross Park
680 South Harlan Street, Lakewood 80226
11:30–11:50 a.m.

Surfside Spray Park
5330 West 9th Avenue, Lakewood 80214
12:30–1:00 p.m.

Molholm Elementary School (June 3 to June 28)
6000 West 9th Avenue, Lakewood 80214
12:05–12:25 p.m.

May 28 to August 2, 2019

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.

June 3 to August 16, 2019

CMS at Garfield Park
1300 S. Lowell Boulevard, 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.

June 3 to August 16, 2019

Spencer Garrett Park (June 3 to August 8)
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
4919 E. Thrill Place, Denver 80207
12:30–1:00 p.m.


Southwest Improvement Council
1000 S. Lowell Boulevard, Denver 80219
June 3 to August 16, 2019
12:30–3:30 p.m.

Community Ministry
1755 S. Zuni Street, Denver 80223
June 3 to August 16, 2019
11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Jewish Family Service
3201 S. Tamarac Drive, Denver 80231
June 3 to August 16, 2019
10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Museo de las Americas
861 Santa Fe Drive, Denver 80204
June 10 to July 12, 2019
11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Arvada Library
7525 W. 57th Avenue, Arvada, 80002
May 28 to August 10, 2019
12:00–1:30 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.

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