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Posted on: May 12, 2020

Free Meals & Delivery for Seniors at Risk of COVID-19

Great Plates Delivered: Free Meals & Delivery for Seniors at Risk of COVID-19

Are you a senior who is having a hard time preparing meals? Older adults who are sheltering in place, unable to access meals, and ineligible for other nutrition programs, can receive free meals delivered to their homes. San Mateo County is participating in the State’s Great Plates Delivered program, set up to support adults at high-risk from COVID-19 by arranging for restaurants and other food providers to deliver food to homes across San Mateo County.

Residents who qualify are encouraged to call (800) 675-8437 and speak to multi-lingual county staff to apply for meal delivery services.

To qualify, San Mateo residents need to meet the following:

  • Individuals 65 and older, or 60-64 and at high-risk as defined by the Centers for Disease Control, including those who are medically documented as COVID-19 positive, COVID-19 exposed, or living with an underlying health condition;
  • Live alone or with one other program-eligible adult;
  • Are not receiving assistance from other state or federal nutrition assistance programs;
  • Earn no more than 600% of the federal poverty limit, which is $74,940 or $101,460 for a household of two;
  • Are unable to prepare or obtain meals.

The Great Plates Delivered program provides three restaurant meals a day, five days per week. Delivery is arranged by the food provider and requires that delivery workers be pre-vetted by background checks and other screening tools.

The program is free to participants and the majority of the cost will be reimbursed by federal, state and county agencies. The program covers up to $66 per day for three meals, including tax, delivery, and incidental costs. Local restaurants will develop modified menus to meet nutritional guidelines and cost requirements.

Call (800) 675-8437 to apply.

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¿Es usted una persona mayor que está teniendo dificultades para preparar comidas? Los adultos mayores que se refugian en el hogar, no pueden acceder a las comidas y no son elegibles para otros programas de nutrición, pueden recibir comidas gratuitas en sus hogares.

El condado de San Mateo está participando en el programa Great Plates Delivered del estado, creado para apoyar a los adultos en alto riesgo de COVID-19 al hacer arreglos para que los restaurantes y otros proveedores de alimentos entreguen alimentos a los hogares en todo el condado de San Mateo.

Se recomienda a los residentes que califican que llamen al (800) 675-8437 y hablen con el personal multilingüe del condado para solicitar los servicios de entrega de comidas.

Para calificar, los residentes de San Mateo deben cumplir con lo siguiente:

  • Individuos de 65 años o más, o 60-64 y en alto riesgo según lo definido por los Centros para el Control de Enfermedades, incluidos aquellos que están médicamente documentados como COVID-19 positivo, COVID-19 expuesto o que viven con una condición de salud subyacente;
  • Vivir solo o con otro adulto elegible para el programa;
  • No están recibiendo asistencia de otros programas estatales o federales de asistencia nutricional;
  • No gane más del 600% del límite federal de pobreza, que es de $74,940 o $101,460 para un hogar de dos personas;
  • No puede preparar u obtener comidas.

Llame al (800) 675-8437 para solicitar.

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