Covid-19 resources

Food Assistance

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D51 Food & Nutrition Services will provide free, nutritious daily meal service for children 18 years or younger at eleven schools plus three Lunch Lizard mobile stops Monday through Friday during the district-wide closure starting Monday, March 23.

All drive-thru school sites and Lunch Lizard stops are selected based on USDA Eligibility Requirements in 50 percent or greater free and reduced areas of Mesa County.

Route and site times and locations may be subject to change, so be sure to look up the most up-to-date information at

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COVID-19 has created a crisis situation for many individuals and families. Below is a link to a page created to keep Coloradans up to date on changes to Food Assistance programs through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (including online grocery shopping), as well as Food Distribution Programs through the U.S. Department of Agriculture. 

Wifi & Connectivity

​​Using your mobile phone for internet access:

  1. Find out how much data your plan has. Carriers claim that most plans offer unlimited data. If you have a metered plan, you have data caps.

  2. If your data is capped, free additional data available to you will vary by mobile carrier.

  3. School District 51 is planning to “open up” their wi-fi so that students can sit in a car and connect to wi-fi in front of schools.

  4. The Mesa County Public Library (including Clifton, Palisade and Orchard Mesa branches) has free wi-fi in their parking lots.

  5. High School students who are also enrolled in classes with CMU and WCCC can use their computer labs with their CMU or WCCC log in.

Using your mobile phone as a “hotspot” for internet access on a laptop or tablet:


If you need assistance with how to use your phone as a hotspot for internet access with your laptop or you need assistance with other issues connecting with the internet, please contact your child’s Site Manager.

Select a provider for info on internet access:

More Resources

Links to Community Services:

Health Insurance for the Uninsured:

Colorado Crisis Services:

Pet Pantry:

Roice-Hurst Humane Society has a Pet Pantry and other resources available to help families keep their pets in times of crisis.  Contact Ashley DiGrado for assistance.  She can be reached by phone  at (970) 434-7337 Ext 103 or by email