Oakland, CA — The impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) is affecting the livelihoods of Oaklanders, especially older adults and low-income families. Providing access to food and nutritious meals are top priorities to help solve the issue of food insecurity during the ongoing heath crisis.
For those who are in need of food within Oakland, the City has set up www.oaklandca.gov/food that pinpoints locations* where one can be connected to food. Through its ongoing partnership with World Central Kitchen (WCK), the City has ramped up its food distribution effort and is pleased to announce an expansion of the Great Plates Delivered program.
Through partnership with FEMA, the State of California and WCK, the City’s Great Plates Delivered initiative provides up to 12 meals per week for qualifying seniors who meet the qualifying criteria (listed below). Disaster Service Workers – City staff deployed to support the initiative – will deliver four (4) meals, three (3) times per week on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays to those who qualify. Each delivery will include two (2) lunches and two (2) dinners to help sustain residents Monday-Saturday.
Seniors can apply to join the program by clicking the “apply” link available on www.oaklandca.gov/greatplates. They can also call 510-238-FOOD (3663) or email firstname.lastname@example.org. City staff will respond within one-to-two business days. Language support in Spanish, Cantonese, Vietnamese, and Arabic is available.