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SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: A 'Margherita' pizza is on display at the AT&T's Jon & Vinny's pop-up pizza bar at the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards sponsored by AT&T at Santa Monica Pier on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. AT&T is a proud sponsor of the 2017 Independent Spirit Awards and is celebrating all things film with a Jon & Vinny's pop-up pizza bar. AT&T will donate 20,000 meals to the LA Food Bank as part of their #NeedTheDough event. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for AT&T)

Governor Gavin Newsom has announced an exciting new plan in California to bring three nutritious meals a day to seniors in need. The plan also provides meaningful work to those who have lost their jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic. This is the Nation’s first program of its kind. ‘Great Plates Delivered’ will support struggling restaurants to rehire or retain staff, prepare the meals, and deliver them to those in need. Eligible seniors will be provided with 21 meals each week. This will be accomplished through a partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and state and local governments. FEMA will cover 75% of the cost. The state will pick up most of the remaining tab. Restaurants will be reimbursed at rates of $16 for breakfasts, $17 for lunches and up to $28 for dinners.