Great Plates Meal Program kicks off in Ventura County

On April 24, 2020, Governor Newsom announced the launch of a first-in-the-nation “Great Plates Delivered” program, a meal delivery service for California’s older adults. The program helps seniors and other adults at high risk from COVID-19 to stay home and stay healthy by delivering three nutritious meals a day, and also provides essential economic stimulus to local businesses struggling to stay afloat during the COVID-19 crisis. Local restaurants can learn more about the requirements and how to apply here. Seniors can apply here. Please email senior.meals@ventura.org for more information. Special thanks to Victoria Jump, the Director of the Ventura County Aera Agency on Aging (VCAAA) and Patrick Maynard, Director of the Office of Emergency Services for implementing this program locally in record time. This program enhances the efforts that have already been in place to feed the most vulnerable. More than 250,000 meals have been provided since COVID-19 hit our County. Learn more about VCAAA at www.vcaaa.org/.

The outbreak of infectious diseases such as Covid-19 can be a stressful time. It is not uncommon to feel anxious or worried while listening, reading or watching the news, even if you’re at little to no risk of getting ill yourself. It’s important during times like these to keep track of your own physical and mental health, as well as safely stay connected to your community. Know the signs of stress and when and how to seek help for yourself, as well as loved ones. During this stressful time, don’t forget your own self-care. Take time to breathe, exercise, get plenty of sleep, and take a break from the news and social media periodically.

Ventura County residents can also join the free ongoing online help and support line to connect with others and lean healthy habits to maintain emotional well-being through the pandemic. Learn more at https://giveanhour.org/initiatives-and-programs/covid19-ca/ and https://www.wellnesseveryday.org/coping-during-coronavirus.

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