It’s one of the silver linings of a pandemic and economic crisis: innovative solutions and partnerships. One such innovation—meant to help provide economic stimulus to restaurants and help seniors who are staying home and still need to eat—is the state’s Great Plates Delivered program, announced on April 24 by Gov. Gavin Newsom.
Restaurants can sign up to prepare three hot meals a day, and delivery drivers bring them to the home of a qualified senior. Restaurants are reimbursed $60 for the three meals, and $6 for daily delivery costs. (That $60 figure is based on what state employees get as a per diem while traveling, in normal times.)
In Monterey County, the city of Seaside is the first to get approved by state officials to administer Great Plates, and it starts Monday, May 11. The program is set to run through June 10.
Googie Grill will be providing the food four days a week, and Angelina’s Bakery will do three days a week. If enrollment goes up, the city may bring other restaurants on board.
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