Hillsborough Offers Silver Platter to Enhance Meal Programs for Seniors

COVID-10 Coronavirus Update No. 144

Hillsborough County, Fla. (June 19, 2020) - Hillsborough County's Department of Aging Services has partnered with local restaurants and food trucks to offer a food delivery program to the homes of seniors enrolled in its home-delivered meals program.

One to two nights a week, the County's Silver Platter program provides restaurant-quality meals delivered to the homes of Aging Services' clients.

Silver Platter was recently initiated with a focus on assisting Aging Services' seniors who live alone and in areas that are scarcely populated with restaurants.

It provides additional nutrition to seniors who are sheltering in place to avoid potential exposure to COVID-19 coronavirus. The County's staff dietician works with the chef at each restaurant and food truck to ensure the menu items that are provided to Aging Services' clients meet the state's dietary guidelines.

This service also offers a safety check by a delivery driver who practices social distancing when delivering each meal.

The County started with 160 clients who live in the Ruskin and Wimauma area, but has since expanded Silver Platter to reach more clients throughout the County.

Along with serving hot dinners to seniors, Silver Platter is designed to employ local restaurants and food trucks that have struggled during the economic challenge the nation has faced as a result of the pandemic.

The program was initiated and supported by state agencies, including the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, and the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association. Aging Services uses funding from the Families First Act and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to support Silver Platter.

Aging Services is working locally with Senior Connection Center (the region's Area Agency on Aging), Tampa Bay Food Trucks, and several local restaurants to make Silver Platter a success in Hillsborough County.

Link: Photos of the Silver Platter program.