Orange County Great Plates Delivered Program Provides Economic Stimulus to Local Restaurants
Monday, May 11, 2020
In response to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s April 24 announcement of the California Emergency Feeding Program, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalEOS) and City of Irvine staff have participated in a number of conference calls with representatives from the County of Orange regarding the logistics of a new program branded Great Plates Delivered.
Great Plates Delivered is designed to provide meals to adults 65 and older and adults 60-64 who are at high-risk and are unable to access meals while staying at home and are ineligible for other nutrition programs, and to support local restaurants and other food providers and to support owners who have closed or are struggling to remain open due to COVID-19 mitigation tactics.
The City of Irvine Senior and Community Hotline (949-724-6926) will serve as an entry point and referral mechanism for Irvine seniors to enroll in the program.
The County of Orange intends to partner with local nonprofit organizations for the day-to-day operation of the program. As the local administrator of the program, the County will be responsible for program administration, fiscal and data requirements, as well as the reporting and tracking requirements to be outlined by CalOES.
The City’s economic development manager will work in partnership with the Greater Irvine Chamber to connect Irvine restaurants to the program.
As specified in the program’s requirements, selection of participants is contingent on the food provider’s ability to meet volume and nutritional standards; provide three meals per day; source local produce/meats (if available); 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. Participating restaurants must have a valid food permit/license and be in good standing with the Orange County Health Department.
A timeline for the roll-out of the program and more details are being finalized.
Restaurants interested in participating can learn more here.