The County of San Diego has launched the Great Plates Delivered program, a state-funded initiative aimed at connecting struggling local restaurants to high-risk seniors to encourage staying at home by arranging delivery of three nutritious meals a day. The dual purpose of the program is to provide meals to adults 65 and older and adults 60-64 who are at high-risk, while supporting local restaurants and other food provider/agricultural workers who have closed or are struggling to remain open due to COVID-19 mitigation measures.
The County of San Diego has released a process for interested restaurants, caterers, and other food suppliers to apply by completing an online survey form (disregard the May 11 deadline, that has been extended). The process will require food providers to submit documentation like a W-9, a sample menu, and specific certification forms. Those chosen will provide three meals a day to designated at-risk seniors. Food service providers already participating in a State or federal meal service program are not eligible to participate. Chosen eateries will receive $66 for providing the three daily meals, inclusive of delivery. Learn more by reviewing California’s Great Plates Delivered Program Guidance document and the County’s Request for Quotation document. We encourage local restaurants to apply for this program! Information about senior participant sign-ups will be released in the near future, once the restaurants have been brought on board.