Garfield County To Launch Free Mobile Lunches For Children

Children will be able to pick up a free lunch in Rifle on Friday as part of a mobile program to help combat food insecurity.

The Post Independent reports that the program is in its pilot stage and will launch Friday. The program will stop at three locations in Garfield Re-2 school district on Fridays during lunchtime.

The mobile program is the most recent attempt to provide meals to children in struggling families in a region where food security is a continual problem.

According to the Colorado Department of Education, 53 percent of Re-2's students qualified for free or reduced-price lunches last year. However, efforts to provide meals over the summer to children in the area failed to gain traction and few families participated.