The state of California is taking care of its seniors and those without jobs by launching “Restaurants Deliver: Home Meals for Seniors,” a program that is the first of its kind in the country.
If you know a senior citizen in California who might need assistance, read on for the details.
Restaurants Deliver will provide three free meals a day, seven days a week for seniors.
According to CNBC and California Gov. Gavin Newsom, this new program, which just launched April 24, will help provide much needed nourishment to over 1.7 million seniors who live alone and may be unable to cook their own meals. Not only will the program give people something to eat every day until further notice, the initiative is also aimed at employing people who need jobs throughout the state.
Local restaurants will prepare and deliver the free food.
The program was created in partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which will reimburse local governments for most of the program’s cost.
Local governments will be in charge of selecting the restaurants involved and will have nutritional guidelines for them to follow.
Eligible seniors will be contacted by local governments or should check out California’s 211 services.
There are an estimated 5.7 million seniors in California, and those who are eligible to receive free meals through the program will have to meet certain economic criteria, have had direct exposure to COVID-19, or be immunosuppressed.
If you or someone you know might be eligible, go to California’s 211 services. Since this program is so new, it will continue to develop over the coming days.
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