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California launches program to deliver meals to seniors during pandemic


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KRON) — Governor Gavin Newsom said Friday the state has partnered with FEMA to provide meals to seniors during the coronavirus stay-at-home order.

As of Friday, the state’s coronavirus-related hospitalizations have remained flat and those in the ICU went up by only 1%.

Newsom said when it comes time to reopen California, the first orders to augment the shelter in place will likely not involve seniors.

The state is working on several initiatives to help seniors during this time.

Newsom said they are working with local restaurants and produce suppliers to provide healthy and unlimited meals to the seniors who need them.

Newsom said this program will not only help seniors but it will also give an economic boost to local restaurants.

The program will go into into effect immediately, he said.

Seniors who qualify for the meals include those who are at high risk for coronavirus or have compromised immune systems. They also must be in financial position 600% below of federal poverty.

Newsom also announced United Airlines is providing call center staff support to check in on seniors across the state.

Seniors looking for someone to talk to can call the Friendship line: 1-888-670-1360.

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