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“We are delighted that Great Plates Delivered (GPD) attendees in San José and across Santa Clara County continue to receive these vital meals,” said Aneliza Del Pinal, CEO of Sourcewise, when the program was extended earlier.
Since then, the GPD has been renewed on a monthly basis, and the latest announcement guarantees that the nationwide meal delivery program will continue through at least May, with talks being held to further expand the program.
GPD’s collaboration with World Central Kitchen (WCK), Sourcewise and the City of San José resulted in more than 7,364 meals being delivered to eligible seniors 65 and over and to those at high risk just last week. From Monday to Friday, two meals are delivered in one delivery every day.
Eligible Residents wishing to enroll in the GPD program can visit www.mysourcewise.com to speak to a program representative today. Photo courtesy Canva.
GPD is part of the Silicon Valley Strong coalition of school districts, neighboring cities, faith and community organizations that provide more than two million meals a week for those at their peak from the economic impact of COVID-19.
WCK’s partnership with participating restaurants was an early move to stimulate restaurant recreation, fuel food distribution efforts, and expand the distribution of meals to seniors in the home country.
According to the city of San José, GPD has served more than 1,500 meals a day to seniors over the past week, with all meals coming from neighborhood restaurants and participating mom and pop stores.
“WCK is proud to work with our partners in Santa Clara County during this pandemic,” said Ramiro Arevalo Jr., WCK Partnership and Relief Manager, during an interview last year. “The partnership with local restaurants attacks this crisis on two fronts. It ensures seniors get the nutrition they need while helping small businesses keep working through troubled times. ”
Great plates of frequently asked questions
Eligible participants in GPD receive two meals (lunch and dinner), which are delivered once a day, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
In addition to contactless delivery to their doorstep, participants can also choose a protein or vegetarian / gluten-free option.
There are no costs for participants for Great Plates Delivered. Instead, each region participating in the GPD, in conjunction with federal support, determines how the program will be administered locally – meaning costs can vary across the state.
Residents in need of GPD services can register today by calling 211, 408-30-3230, Option 1 and visiting www.SiliconValleyStrong.org/GPD or www.mysourcewise.com today.
For more information on how to access and find food resources in your neighborhood, please visit bit.ly/SCCFoodMap.