Hello HelpBerkeley members, consumers, drivers, dispatchers, and all volunteers with HelpBerkeley.org!
I was kidding a little bit about the headline—but not so much
This morning, the governor of California, Gavin Newsom, announced a massive program aimed to provide free meals to many seniors and persons at risk to COVID-19.
We love this new program! It is largely covering what we have been trying to do, on a much smaller scale, for the past 4 weeks, and we think it is totally needed!
As for us: we will keep on going full speed ahead to serve all those people who depend on us, and we will do all we can to provide great service. As this new program ramps up, we will work with the city of Berkeley and our restaurant partners to make sure there is no overlap.
Thanks so much for trusting us and for volunteering with us: please let us know what you think!
Some details of the new program:
In summary, anyone is eligible who is above 65, “at high risk of exposure to COVID-19,” immuno-compromised, or has been directly exposed—and whose income is below 600% of federal poverty guidelines (i.e. roughly $75K for one person, $100K for two). The person (or the restaurant?) will then “be reimbursed for up to $16 for breakfast, $17 for lunch and $28 for dinner.” Eligible restaurants will be determined by the local governments and must follow some dietary guidelines.