California’s older adults can get three free, restaurant-quality meals through Great Plates Delivered. This home delivery program helps them stay safe at home during the pandemic.

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How to get meals

Find out if you qualify

You may qualify for Great Plates if you:

  • Are age 65 or older, are 60-64 and have been diagnosed with or exposed to COVID-19, or are considered high risk by the CDC
  • Live by yourself 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
  • Have difficulty accessing food or preparing your own meals
  • Earn 600% or less of the federal poverty limit
  • Live within a county or city participating in the program

Sign up for delivery

Contact a Great Plates administrator in your city or county and ask about free home delivered meals for seniors:

More details about receiving meals are available in the participant FAQ (PDF).

How to provide meals

If you’d like to supply meals or help administer the program, review this info and submit your request.

Submit your interest

About this program

On April 24, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom announced the launch of a first-in-the-nation Great Plates Delivered program, a meal delivery service for California’s older adults.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance (PA) program has authorized the Great Plates Delivered program through March 8, 2021.

Great Plates Delivered has two purposes:

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

Additional resources

  • Enter your location into to find local services, such as nutrition, financial, health care, and housing assistance. Every community has an Aging and Adult Info Line to connect to aging and adult services. Connect with yours at 800-510-2020.
  • Visit the California Department of Aging’s COVID-19 page for a list of resources for older and other at-risk adults.
  • Do you suspect someone is being neglected or abused? Call Adult Protective Services at 833-401-0832.
  • Suspect fraud? AARP has a Fraud Watch Network Helpline at 877-908-3360.
  • Concerned about someone with dementia or Alzheimer’s or their caregiver? Call the Alzheimer’s Association at 800-272-3900.

Reach out to California’s COVID-19 hotline for questions about coronavirus at 833-422-4255 (833-4CA-4ALL).