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Lunchbox Express Bus

Lunchbox Express is a simple mobile food delivery system that targets discrete areas of underserved children and brings free lunch to them during the summer. The program is dedicated to feeding hungry Colorado kids when school is out and children don’t have access to free or reduced-fee lunches in their schools.

The program operates as a sponsor of the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), a federal program that makes nutritious lunches available during the summer at approved sites with high concentrations of low-income children. The nutritionally-balanced packaged meals and milk are purchased from federally approved vendors. There is no proof of income required. All children 18 and under qualify for a free lunch, no matter where they live or go to school.

Utilizing repurposed mini school buses as the delivery vehicles, an enthusiastic band of volunteers serve thousands of meals each summer. In 2014, Lunchbox Express operated four buses, delivering food to 13 sites in Denver and Aurora. The program is offering after school supper at the Sheridan Recreation Center during the 2014-2015 school year.

Check out the 2014-2015 routes

Contact Doug Vega, 720.248.4671, dvega@jewishfamilyservice.org.

Check out recent TV coverage about Lunchbox Express:

9News: Lunchbox Express
When Allen and Hannah Levy started the Lunchbox Express, they saw a need to feed hungry kids in Englewood while they were out of school for the summer.

CBS Denver: Lunchbox Express
Hunger is usually associated with cold weather, but people go hungry in the summer as well. CBS4′s Kathy Walsh found an organization in Denver making sure needy children get a free and filling lunch when school’s out.

Telemundo Denver: Lunchbox Express
Denver's Spanish channel Telemundo covered our summer lunch program, Lunchbox Express.


USDA Non-Discrimination Statement        

Jewish Family Service of Colorado, operating as Lunchbox Express, is participating in the Summer Food Service Program. Meals are provided to all children without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.

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. Fax to 202.690.7442 or email to 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.


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