Program that pays local eateries to deliver to seniors sees early enrollment surge

Program that pays local eateries to deliver to seniors extended

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San Mateo County’s Great Plates Delivered program, which reimburses local businesses that deliver three daily, nutritious meals to eligible residents who are quarantining at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, has received additional funding and will be extended until July 10, according to the county. Sixty local restaurants are delivering meals to 1,298 county residents.

Eligible residents include adults 65 and older and high-risk adults between 60-64 who are either COVID-19 positive or have been exposed to COVID-19. Additionally, the recipient must live alone or with one other eligible adult, cannot currently be receiving assistance from other state or federal nutrition assistance program, and must earn less than 600 percent of the federal poverty limit. Applications for the program are still being accepted at (800) 675-8437.

The program serves residents who may have difficult accessing meals during the shelter-in-place order while also supporting local restaurants negatively impacted by COVID-19. It was started in early May.

For more information on additional resources for food and grocery assistance in San Mateo County, visit here.