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Great Plates Delivered

Feeding our seniors. Fueling our economy. Introducing Great Plates Delivered.

The City of Elk Grove is joining a first-in-the-nation meal delivery service to support Elk Grove’s seniors and local food service businesses during the COVID-19 public health crisis. The Great Plates Delivered Program is a partnership between FEMA, the State of California, and the City of Elk Grove. The City will be identifying restaurants that can provide up to 500 seniors with two nutritious meals, six days a week. No Sunday deliveries. All participating seniors must be residents of the City of Elk Grove.

Great Plates Delivered has two purposes:

  • Help seniors and other adults at high risk from COVID-19 to stay home and stay healthy by delivering three nutritious meals a day, and
  • Provide essential economic stimulus to local businesses struggling to stay afloat during the COVID-19 crisis.

Visit the Great Plates Delivered Dashboard
For Seniors For Restaurants/Caterers

Participating Partners


Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply to receive meals?

You may qualify if you:

  • Meet age requirements:
    • Are 65 or older, or
    • Are 60-64 and have been diagnosed with or exposed to COVID-19 or are considered high-risk by the CDC
  • Live alone or with one other program-eligible adult
  • Are not currently receiving assistance from other state or federal nutrition assistance programs, like CalFresh/SNAP or Meals on Wheels
  • Earn between $24,980 and $74,940 (if living alone) or between $33,820 and $101,460 (if a two-person household)
  • Have difficulty accessing food resources or preparing your own meals
  • Live in the City of Elk Grove
Do you verify my income or that I can’t obtain or prepare my own meals?
We will ask you about your income and ability to obtain and prepare meals during the sign-up process. You will self-attest to these matters. We will not ask you for proof of income.
Why is there a minimum income limit for this program?
The minimum income requirement is a federal requirement, and it’s intended to make sure people who qualify for CalFresh (food stamps) don’t also receive another federal food benefit. Almost all seniors earning below the minimum income for Great Plates will qualify for CalFresh. The federal government’s goal is to make sure people are getting long-term benefits whenever possible. The Great Plates Program will last for a month or two, but people who qualify for CalFresh could get that benefit for the rest of their lives.
How do I find out if I can get CalFresh (food stamps) benefits?
You can apply online at The website has an easy tool you can use to input some basic information to see whether you may qualify. If you aren’t able to do the application online, the Elk Grove Food Bank also has an enrollment worker who can help you apply. Call (916) 685-8453 to make an appointment.
How many seniors will receive assistance?
The City will assist up to 500 qualified Elk Grove seniors through Great Plates Delivered.
How many meals per day will be available to me?
A maximum of two meals per day per participant are provided. (6 days a week, no Sunday delivery)
I have special dietary needs, is this program able to meet those needs?
We are taking into account dietary needs for health, religious, and personal reasons in the selection process for the restaurants participating in the program, to the extent that we are able. On the form to sign up for the program you can indicate if you need any special dietary considerations. However, we may not be able to accommodate all dietary preferences.
Are the meals nutritious?
Meals are intended to be nutritious. All meals must be low in sodium. Lunch and dinner must each come with a piece of fresh fruit or a vegetable. No sugary drinks are allowed, but drinks with under 24 calories per 8 oz serving or 100% fruit juice are allowed.

Restaurants are locally sourcing produce and meats when possible.
Can I choose my restaurant?
No. Restaurants are assigned based on many factors, including delivery capacity and dietary needs. You will likely have two assigned restaurants, with alternating days.
How long will this program be available?
Currently the program will run through August 9, 2020. We expect that the state will request an extension, but it is not known if it will be granted.
What does it cost to participate?
There is no cost to eligible participants.
What safety precautions are being taken?
Individuals providing delivery of meals must complete a background check to ensure safety of participants. All restaurants have passed Sacramento County health inspections, and restaurants owners and managers are closely monitoring the symptoms of their staff.
I don’t live in Elk Grove, can I still get meals?
You won’t be able to participate in Elk Grove’s program, but your area may have its own program.
  • Residents of the City of Sacramento can call (916) 330-1444.
  • If you live in Sacramento County, you can call 2-1-1 or the Aging and Adult Info Line at 1-800-510-2020 to inquire about programs available where you live.
  • Residents of Rancho Cordova can call (916) 851-8700.

Still have questions?

Call the City of Elk Grove’s Great Plates Team at (916) 627-3331 or email

Are you a restaurant wanting to participate?

Visit the California Office of Emergency Services FAQ’s for restaurants, call the City of Elk Grove’s Great Plates Team at (916) 627-3331 or email with questions.

Restaurants/Caterers Apply Online

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