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4/24/2020 Chamber of Commerce
Taxpayers will pay restaurants to feed seniors in California

Taxpayers will pay restaurants to feed seniors in California

California is partnering with the federal government to provide meals for seniors during the coronavirus pandemic

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Taxpayers will pay restaurants to make meals for millions of California's seniors during the coronavirus pandemic, an initiative that could pump billions of dollars into a devastated industry while generating sales tax collections for cash-strapped local governments, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Friday.

California has about 5.7 million people 65 and older and it's not known precisely how many will be eligible, though Newsom said he expects it will be millions. To qualify, seniors must earn below 600% of the federal poverty level, which is $74,940 for an individual and $154,500 for a family of four. They also must have either been exposed to the virus, have a high risk for exposure or a compromised immune system.

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