San Jose serves 30,000 meals a week to seniors and those with medical vulnerabilities
The largest city in Silicon Valley has launched its version of Great Plates Delivered – a nationwide program that serves meals from local businesses to seniors and immunocompromised people during the coronavirus pandemic.
The city of San Jose, which has taken the lead in food distribution in Santa Clara County, is working with World Central Kitchen to implement the program and complement the 2 million meals a week already created through the Silicon Valley Strong initiative to be provided.
Governor Gavin Newsom announced the Great Plates Delivered program on April 24th. The idea of providing three meals a day to vulnerable adults while stimulating local businesses struggling to survive.
“Through this partnership with World Central Kitchen, we will deliver higher quality meals to more of our vulnerable seniors while giving our local restaurants that much-needed shot,” said Sam Liccardo, Mayor of San Jose, in a press release. “Thanks to Governor Newsom and his team for working together in bringing Great Plates Delivered to San Jose, as well as to all of our resourceful, hard-working people in town and to many partners who have brought food deliveries to over 2.6 million nationwide Have scaled meals per week. ”
In Santa Clara County, World Central Kitchen will coordinate efforts under the Restaurants for People program, which serves approximately 30,000 meals a week in local restaurants. The non-profit organization also plans to help the city distribute the meals.
“Our older adults in Santa Clara County must be treated with dignity and great care so that they can survive the pandemic by eating well and maintaining their physical and mental health,” said Cindy Chavez, president of the Santa Clara County Board of Directors. “This program is proof that local and state authorities work hand in hand for the good of our community.”
Last week, Great Plates Delivered conducted a test run of the program to ensure it was able to scale and meet the cultural and dietary needs of the people it serves. So far, Bloom Catering, Adelitas, Vegetarian House, Pedro’s and Malaya – Malaysian and Pan Asian Kitchen – have been included in the program.
“This new initiative reflects World Central Kitchen’s mission to use food as a solution to empower communities and strengthen the economy,” said Nate Mook, CEO of World Central Kitchen. “We work directly with small family businesses, women-owned and minority restaurants to deliver these meals.”
World Central Kitchen has also enlisted the help of the Sourcewise nonprofit, which provides services for the elderly and people with disabilities.
Restaurants interested in Great Plates Delivered can register here. Residents in need of meals can call 2-1-1 or visit SiliconValleyStrong.org/GPD or mysourcewise.com.