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The City of Montebello is joining California’s Great Plates meal delivery program to support Montebello’s seniors and local food service businesses during the COVID-19 public health crisis.  The Great Plates program is a partnership between FEMA, the State of California and the City of Montebello.  The City will be identifying local restaurants that can provide seniors with up to three nutritious meals per day.  All participating seniors must be residents of the City of Montebello. Interested seniors should contact the Sr. Citizen Center at (323) 887-4575 or the Recreation & Community Services Office at (323) 887-4540.


Who can apply to receive meals?

To qualify, individuals must meet the following requirements:

  • Age requirement
    • 65 or older, OR
    • Are 60-64 and have been diagnosed with or exposed to COVID-19, or are considered high-risk by the CDC
  • Live alone or with one other program-eligible adult
  • Are not currently receiving assistance from other state or federal nutrition assistance programs, such as CalFresh/SNAP or Meals on Wheels
  • Earn between $24,980 and $74,940 for a household of one or between $33,820 and $101,460 for a household of two
  • Have difficulty accessing food resources or preparing your own meals
  • Live in the City of Montebello

Do you verify income or the ability to obtain and prepare my own meals?

We will ask about income and the ability to obtain and prepare meals during the sign-up process.  You will self-attest to these matters.  We will not ask for proof of income.

Why is there a minimum income limit for the program?

The minimum income requirement is a federal requirement.  It is intended to ensure individuals who qualify for CalFresh (food stamps) don’t also receive another federal food benefit.  Most seniors earning below the minimum income will qualify for CalFresh.  The federal government’s goal is to make sure people are receiving long-term benefits when possible.  The Great Plates program is temporary, while programs, such as CalFresh, are long term.

How do I find out if I can receive CalFresh (food stamps) benefits?

You may apply online and check eligibility at

How many meals per day will be available to me?

Participants will be provided up to three meals per day.

Will the program accommodate special dietary needs?

The City is taking into account special dietary requirements to the extent that we are able.  During the application process, participants can indicate if special dietary requirements are needed.  However, we may not be able to accommodate all dietary preferences. 

Are the meals nutritious?

Meals are intended to be nutritious.  All meals are required to be low in sodium, include a piece of fresh fruit or vegetable and may not include sugary drinks. 

Can I choose my restaurant?

No. Restaurants will be assigned based on several factors, including delivery capacity and dietary needs. 

How long will this program be available?

Currently the program will run through June 10, 2020.  We expect the State will request an extension, but it is not guaranteed at this time.

What does it cost to participate?

There is no cost to eligible participants.


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