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Posted on: May 11, 2020

Program Extended! Citrus Heights Great Plates Delivered Program: Home Meals for Seniors

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The City of Citrus Heights is excited to announce the Great Plates Delivered program has been extended to July 10, 2020, which provides free meals to seniors and simultaneously helps support local restaurants.


“Our City staff remain committed to the health and safety of our residents, especially our at-risk population,” said City Manager Chris Boyd. “Our goal with the City’s Great Plates program is to serve 500 Citrus Heights seniors three meals a day from local restaurants and caterers.”


The City is asking both seniors and restaurateurs to sign up for the program by visiting CitrusHeights.net/GreatPlates.


Seniors may qualify if they are age 65 or older, or between 60-64 and have been diagnosed with or exposed to COVID-19, or are considered high risk by the CDC. This program is for those who are not already qualified for assistance from another state or federal nutrition program, like CalFresh or Meals on Wheels. Qualified seniors must also live in Citrus Heights, earn less than $74,940 per year (or $101,460 for a two-person household), and have difficulty accessing food resources. Please click here to fill out a Senior Sign Up Form.


City staff estimate that restaurants registered to be Great Plates meal providers can make up to $13,000 a week. This program is an opportunity to support the abundant food service industry in Citrus Heights, and the City is looking to work with 20 restaurants and caterers who are capable of preparing and delivering meals for 50 seniors a day. This program is a partnership between FEMA, the State of California, and the City of Citrus Heights.


“Citrus Heights as a community has proven that its solid roots can weather any storm,” said Boyd. “City staff and officials have witnessed countless examples of kindness, with neighbors supporting each other and the majority of our community following Public Health Orders to lessen the impact of COVID-19 on our community.”


For questions or more information about the Great Plates program in Citrus Heights, please visit CitrusHeights.net/GreatPlates, email greatplates@citrusheights.net, or call (916) 727-5400.

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