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New Meal Program for Seniors

Post Date:05/15/2020 7:35 PM

The County of Marin is participating in the State of California's Great Plates Delivered Program, set up to support older adults who are sheltering in place, unable to access meals, and ineligible for other nutrition programs.

Marin's local effort is Marin Great Plates. The program is free to recipients, and will also provide support to local restaurants and other food providers who are struggling because of the economic downturn related to COVID-19.

The Marin County Board Supervisors approved the program on May 12. Marin Great Plates will launch its pilot program and deliver three restaurant meals a day, five days per week, to older adults starting May 18. The pilot program will run through May 29, with a possible extension through June 10.

The first 1,000 applicants who meet eligibility requirements will be recipients of the meals under the pilot program. To qualify, Marin residents must meet the following criteria:
  • Individuals who are 65 or older, or 60-64 and at high-risk as defined by the Centers for Disease Control
  • Individuals living alone or with one other program-eligible adult
  • Individuals not receiving assistance from other state or federal nutrition assistance programs
  • Individuals earning no more than 600% of the federal poverty limit, which is $74,940 or $101,460 for a household of two
  • Individuals who can affirm an inability to prepare or obtain meals
Please call Whistlestop at (415) 456-9073 to see if you qualify for the program.

Local restaurants that meet eligibility requirements can apply online via the Great Plates website. Marin County will select the first 50 restaurants that apply and meet the eligibility criteria.
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