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These resources – like the public health crisis itself – are constantly evolving and are only current as to the date of publication. This page was last updated on September 25, 2020.

For more up-to-date information on the relief programs available in California, we recommend that you visit the Secretary of State's website or the California COVID-19 portal.

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Description of Program and Relief

Great Plates Delivered – Free Home Meals for Seniors

Great Plates Delivered is a state-wide program that, in partnership with local restaurants, will provide three free hot meals a day to older Californians who are isolating at home and are ineligible for other nutrition programs. The program will also support local restaurant workers and owners who have lost business during the pandemic.

Seniors interested in participating in the program should contact their local program administrator. Contact information for local program administrators can be found here (click on the box that says “learn more about the program by contacting an administrator in your city or county).

Government or Lead Agency

Office of the Governor in partnership with the California Department of Aging, the Institute on Aging and local authorities.

Dates Available

Available through June 10, 2020 with possible extension.

Eligibility Requirements/Restrictions

In order to be eligible to receive meals under the Restaurants Deliver: Home Meals for Seniors program, recipients must:

  • Be 65 or older, or 60-64 and at high-risk as defined by CDC (including individuals who are COVID-19 positive, have been exposed to COVID-19, or have an underlying health condition);

  • Live alone or with one other program-eligible adult;

  • Not be currently receiving assistance from other state or federal nutrition assistance programs (other types of public assistance are allowable);

  • Not earn more than 600% of the federal poverty limit; and

  • Affirm an inability to prepare or obtain meals.

Application Deadlines (If Applicable)

N/A

Contact for More Information

For more information regarding the Great Plates Delivered program, contact your local program administrator. Contact information for local program administrators can be found here (click on the box that says “learn more about the program by contacting an administrator in your city or county).

List of Additional Information

For answers to frequently asked questions about the program, please see here.

For the Governor’s press release, announcing the program, see here.

For restaurants interested in providing meals, please see interest form here.


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