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

Great Plates delivers: 68 SMC eateries prep over 500K meals for vulnerable seniors

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The state-launched program that pays local restaurants to prepare and deliver three meals a day to vulnerable older residents of San Mateo County who are sheltering in place due to COVID-19 has been extended through Oct. 9, according to the County.

Currently, 2,553 participants are enrolled in the program, called Great Plates Delivered San Mateo County, which since May 9 has had 68 local restaurants prepare 501,336 meals, the County states.

The program serves  residents ages 65 and older, as well as older adults who are aged 60-64 and in high-risk categories, who are unable to obtain or make their own meals, are living alone or with one other adult eligible for the program, earning less than $74,940 for single-person households or $101,460 for two-person households, and not currently receiving state or federal food assistance such as CalFresh or home-delivered meals.

Learn more about Great Plates Delivered here.

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