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Newsom announces nutritional program for seniors in need

Newsom
Posted at 1:51 PM, Apr 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-24 18:11:19-04

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gov. Newsom announced today a partnership with FEMA and the federal government to implement a nutritional program for at risk seniors.

The partnership includes local restaurants in a community effort to prepare and deliver nutritional meals to seniors.

The partnership will allow restaurants to rehire people and bring their staff back to prepare three meals a day seven days a week for seniors that qualify, no cap.

This partnership is focusing on the 1.2 million seniors currently living alone and meet the requirements of the program.

Eligibility requirements include:

  • A senior that is at high risk of exposure
  • An economic status below national poverty level
  • Impacted or exposed to COVID-19
  • Compromised immune system

If you're a senior that thinks you are eligible call 211 or visit www.covid19.ca.gov.

Gov. Newsom also announced more focused efforts of outreach programs and partnerships with local counties.

These efforts will expand the wellness and outreach programs already in place.

In order to broaden the access of these programs the state has partnered with Sacramento State students focused on aging, the department of aging and United Airlines, to open more calls to the community regarding wellness and mental health check ups.

The Community Emergency Response Team has added an additional 900 staff members focused on their out reach program the Friendship Line.

If you are having difficultly dealing with isolation and your mental health, or if you just need someone to talk to, call 888-670-1360 to talk to someone who can help and support your needs.