A new project started at California where 200 Los Angeles cooks who were out of a job are back at work and for a good cause. Their salary will be paid with the federal disaster relief money that goes to restaurant in order to prepare and deliver thousands of meals for at-risk seniors.
The program, called Great Plates Delivered, is part of the state’s effort to ease suffering inflicted by the coronavirus pandemic that has left a trail of death, unemployment and hunger in its wake.
“Alba Molina, 57, a cold food prep cook at downtown’s Westin Bonaventure hotel, is among the workers who mask up for duty at the otherwise deserted property near the Los Angeles Convention Center.
“It’s helping me pay my bills. It’s not just any job, it’s a good job with benefits,” Molina said.
Next week, Molina and her colleagues at other restaurants and hotels will turn out meals for nearly 4,700 seniors in the greater Los Angeles area. “I feel honored to be able to provide them this service,” Molina said.”
The Governor of California Gavin Newson declared the project with the goal of serving the population who is most vulnerable and while doing so – also providing jobs and boosting up the economy while using funds from the FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency)
The restaurants will be paid $66 a day to cover the cost of the meals, packaging, and delivery, said Rodger Butler, a spokesman for California Health and Human Services. The program for Los Angeles is slightly different, but still funded by Great Plates.
During the first week of the program, the total bill for the program in Los Angeles was $80,000.