April 26, 2020
The state of California formed an innovative partnership with FEMA and local cities that will involve restaurants making meals for vulnerable older Californians who are isolating at home during California’s stay- at-home order. In addition to the first-in-the nation meal delivery program, Governor Gavin Newsom also launched a partnership to make wellness check-in calls, and the expansion of Friendship Line California to help combat social isolation.
“The most important way for older Californians to stay safe is to stay at home,” said Governor Newsom. “These programs will provide older, vulnerable Californians with access to nutritious meals in the safety of their homes, and the opportunity to connect with someone who can listen to their concerns and make sure their needs are met.”
The restaurants Deliver Home Meals for Seniors program will enlist community restaurants to prepare meals that will be delivered to older Californians. There are roughly 1.2 million Californians over the age of 65 who live alone. The program will also support local restaurant workers and owners who have lost business during the pandemic. The program will be administered by local authorities, and will serve older Californians who are ineligible for other nutrition programs.
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