New data dashboard shows just how much Great Plates Delivered is helping seniors, restaurants in Sacramento

Great Plates Delivered, the food delivery program that’s helping to feed Sacramento seniors during the pandemic, has served more than 380,000 meals and put more than $9 million into the local economy.

This is according to a newly launched public data dashboard from the City of Sacramento. Created by the City’s Geographic Information Services (GIS) team, the dashboard tracks the progress of the program, which originated in the office of Gov. Gavin Newsom and has been implemented in cities across the state.

“The dashboard shows just how vital and effective Great Plates Delivered has been for the entire city,” said Mikel Davila, who helps manage the program out of the City’s Office of Innovation and Economic Development.

Great Plates Delivered has been operating in Sacramento since May. The program was designed for two purposes: to help seniors and other adults with at high risk from COVID-19 to stay home and healthy by delivering to them three nutritious meals a day; and to provide essential economic stimulus to local restaurants by having them prepare the meals.

The new data dashboard shows that the program, which was spearheaded in Sacramento by Mayor Darrell Steinberg and implemented by City staff, has served more than 1,000 seniors and helped to employ nearly 330 full-time employees through 42 participating restaurants. The dashboard also tracks participation in the program by each Council district.

Great Plates Delivered is funded through the City’s CARES Act funds, FEMA and CalOES.

Find the full dashboard here.

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