FEMA-funded 'Great Plates Delivered' program aiding at-need seniors to be launched in Elk Grove



A program that is being primarily funded by FEMA aimed at providing nutritious meals during the COVID19 pandemic and shelter in place order will be launched in Elk Grove next week.

The program called "Great Plates Delivered," which is receiving 93-percent of its funding through reimbursement to the City of Elk Grove, will provide $1 million towards three meals a day to up to 500 qualifying seniors for 30 days. The program was announced on April 24 by Gov. Gavin Newsom.

Along with assisting seniors, the meal will be purchased from local restaurants. In their announcement, the city said details are still be worked out but restaurants and caterers, who will be selected on the basis their ability to meet state nutrition guidelines,  will be contracted to prepare up to 10,500 meals per week, 3 meals a day, to eligible seniors in Elk Grove who do not currently receive CalFresh/SNAP or Meals on Wheels benefits. 

“This program offers a win-win to address the needs of two distinct groups within our community who are struggling most during this crisis,” Elk Grove City Manager, Jason Behrmann said. “The City believes this program is a smart investment to help our community.”

The city will use the networks of the area non-profit organizations and housing developments that serve older adults to promote the availability of the program. More information about Elk Grove’s Great Plates Delivered Program is available on the City’s website at www.elkgrovecity.org/greatplates

Seniors interested in enrolling in the program, or foodservice professionals interested in serving local seniors, can apply online or contact the City’s Great Plates Hotline at (916) 627-3331 or greatplates@elkgrovecity.org.

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