Great Plates Delivered Program for Interested Food Providers

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On April 24, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom announced the launch of a first-in-the-nation Great Plates Delivered program. The program is designed to support adults 65 and older and adults 60-64 who are at high-risk from COVID-19 in staying home and staying healthy by delivering three nutritious meals a day, and also provide essential economic stimulus to local businesses and workers struggling to stay afloat during the COVID-19 crisis.

At this time, the City of Rancho Cordova is generating a list of local restaurants and caterers who can meet the criteria provided by the state below, in addition to having a current Business License with the City of Rancho Cordova. Selection will be based on the amount of demand for the meals and meeting criteria provided by the State, and will go in order of notification of interest received.

Following are Frequently Asked Questions to provide guidance to any individual or local community impacted by this program and choosing to participate. View a PDF of the Frequently Asked Questions flyer here.

Program Overview

How does the program work? 

Local administrators will partner with multiple local restaurants and food providers to deliver three nutritious daily meals to qualified individuals enrolled in the program. Each community conducts outreach to known senior centers and senior populations to enroll qualified individuals in need. The program is locally managed to ensure needs of the communities within California are addressed.

Which restaurants and food providers qualify for participation in the program? 

Each local administrator determines which local restaurants and food providers (e.g., restaurants, kitchens, local farms, caterers) are eligible to participate in the program. Selection is contingent on food provider’s ability to meet volume and nutritional standards; source local produce/meats (if able); meet cultural needs; and prioritize local jobs, worker retention, worker health and safety, and standards of equity and fairness in employment practices, wages, hiring, and promotion. 100% of meals must be supplied by a food provider not currently participating in a state or federal meal service program. 

How long will the program run? 

The program runs until June 10, 2020, which is the timeframe currently approved by FEMA. The state intends on requesting an extension for the Great Plates Delivered program. 

Application and Meal Delivery Process 

How can I apply to participate in the program as a local food provider? 

Restaurants and other food providers (farmers, food kitchens or caterers) interested in participating should please fill out this interest form here.

 Are there any meal requirements?

Yes, each meal, at a minimum, must meet the following requirements: 

  • Breakfast low in sodium, no sugary drinks (<24 calories /8 oz. and of fruit juice, must be only 100 percent fruit juice allowed); and
  • Lunch / Dinner a piece of fresh fruit or vegetable on each dish, and low in sodium, no sugary drinks (<24 calories /8 oz. and of fruit juice, must be only 100 percent fruit juice allowed). 

How are meals delivered? 

Each local administrator determines how meals are delivered (through restaurants and food providers, school bus drivers, delivery platform networks, etc.) Individuals delivering meals are subject to background checks. 

What are the food safety requirements for delivery? 

Restaurants and food providers should continue to follow established food safety protocols and best practices for retail food establishments and important COVID-19 recommendations. Resources include the following:

How will I be reimbursed for meal deliveries? 

Each local administrator determines program payment mechanisms.