The Great Plates Delivered program as introduced by Governor Newsom at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic sparked the time-limited partnership with Alameda County.
ALAMEDA COUNTY, CA- December 14, 2020-- At the onset of the pandemic, Alameda County Social Services Agency formed a partnership with GoGoGrandparent as the intermediary of the County’s Great Plates Delivered program known as GPD. This program has now reached 200,000 meal deliveries to eligible at-risk seniors across the county and will sunset at the end of December.
GoGoGrandparent, a leader in providing transportation, food delivery and other tailored support to optimize people’s independence and health, quickly realized the unique opportunity they had to serve their community.
“We are always thinking about solutions for people that can maintain their quality of life, health, and independence,” said Justin Boogaard, GoGoGrandparent CEO and co-founder, who created the company with his grandmother in mind. She was fascinated by Boogaard’s use of technology to access rideshare and food delivery options, but couldn’t access them without a smartphone. Boogaard realized then that many of the people who could benefit from these services were being left behind in the technological divide.
GoGo Grandparent fills the gap between these services and the many individuals whose health and independence could be greatly enhanced through these new solutions. By removing the need for the internet or a smartphone and simplifying access to these services, GoGoGrandparent quickly found a market with Justin’s grandmother and tens of thousands of people like her. In just three short years, the company had completed over 2 million rides for older adults and people with disabilities utilizing their service.
As an extension of their mission to help people live independently in their chosen community and setting, GoGoGrandparent had just added grocery and meal delivery to their services when the pandemic hit. While the need for transportation dipped as people adhered to public health orders, the demand for the organization’s other services grew by 400%.
At the onset of the pandemic, the County recognized the need for meal delivery and quickly selected GoGoGrandparent to work with 65 local restaurants and nutritionists to craft healthy meals to meet a variety of dietary restrictions and disease specific requirements. While the program is scheduled to sunset by the end of 2020, GoGo has made their “GoGo Bistro” service available at a discount to Great Plates Delivered participants.
GoGoGrandparent continues to grow their tailored solutions in partnership with other agencies, senior living campuses and Medicare Advantage health plans.
“Our mission since our founding has been to bring tech-enabled solutions for everyday needs within reach to those who might benefit the most,” said Boogaard. “We are grateful to Alameda County for giving us the opportunity to serve.”
GoGo Grandparent helps older adults live independently in their home for as long as possible. By working directly with on-demand services, GoGo Grandparent manages the mobility, meals, groceries and more of their clients. GoGo’s “GoGoGuardian” system helps protect clients living with cognitive, visual, physical or dexterous impairments to ensure a safe, reliable and affordable independence. Built in 2015 as demanded by the CEO’s grandmother, GoGo Grandparent is now relied upon by hundreds of thousands of older adults throughout the United States & Canada. For more information, visit www.gogograndparent.com.with over 80 restaurants, GoGoGrandparent launched the program within nine days of initiating discussions with Alameda County.