San Jose is partnering with a food truck company to launch the COVID Food Relief Program

SAN JOSE, California (KRON) – Food insecurity remains a major concern across the Bay Area as COVID-19 has only made matters worse as community organizations and local governments step in to provide food aid to their residents.

Last week, the City of San Jose launched the San Jose COVID Food Aid Program, which will run through the end of the year.

Off the Grid, a Bay Area food truck and catering company partnered with the city to donate $ 2,313,360 to deliver food and $ 622,400 to deliver meals to homes for vulnerable populations.

The company will bring free, high quality, locally sourced food and ready-made meals on the doorstep of families and individuals affected by COVID-19.

Eligible Participants may receive foods that contain fresh produce, whole grains, and a source of protein once a week.

“What we have seen is that all types of communities are now fragmented,” said Matthew Cohen, CEO of Off the Grid.

“Off the grid is all about building food communities and it’s usually personal food communities across the Bay Area.”

Last week, Cohen announced to KRON4 News that 1,000 people have signed up for the program.

Who Qualifies?

Eligible are:

  • Anyone who has suffered work or business interruptions due to COVID-19.
  • Anyone who is at high risk of serious illness as defined by the CDC.
  • Participants must not have any assistance in purchasing or cooking food on a consistent basis.

Off the Grid has also partnered with Veggielution to deliver groceries to families living in the Mayfair neighborhood of East San Jose.

For those who do not have access to a kitchen or access to food preparation rooms, the program also offers ready-made meals that are prepared three times a week and are delivered on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Frozen meals or shelf-stable meals are also available on a case-by-case basis.

Additionally, attendees can request primary and secondary cuisine, including American, Latin, Chinese, Vietnamese, and other dishes. Meal requests must be made 48 hours in advance and cancellations can be made up to 4 p.m. on the previous delivery day.

“We really wanted to help create a connection between a restaurant or a farmer and / or a family in ways that didn’t happen and that helped keep those businesses going,” Cohen said.

“It has been a privilege to work with San Jose to run this program because it is truly something that will benefit both the food community and the people who will receive the benefit.”

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