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Melanie Wong | Apr 24, 202008:22 PM     3

“ . . . 'We are really addressing three problems at the same time in a very meaningful way,' Newsom said. 'This partnership can also support local government because the sales tax can generate revenue and support for the local economy.'

FEMA will cover 75% of the costs associated with the new program and the state would pay for 75% of the remainder. Counties will only have to undertake a small percentage of the financial burden.

'Now we have the ability to have locally driven decision-making to begin reemploying workers,' Newsom said.

The meals will be reimbursed at a rate of $16 for breakfast, $17 for lunch, and $28 for dinner, or a total of $66 a day. Newsom added that the goal is to connect farms to the effort and to ensure the meals provided include local produce and are of high nutritional value.

An unlimited number of meals will be provided, Newsom said, but there will be eligibility requirements. Low-income older adults who have compromised immune systems and those who are at high risk for COVID-19 or who have already been exposed to coronavirus will be able to apply. . ."

Newsom announces partnership with FEMA to provide free meals to California seniors

Funded primarily by FEMA and the state, the program will connect seniors with restaurants who will help deliver meals to those in need.

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