Californians are no stranger to an intrusive government but now elderly Californians are being asked about their sexuality and ethnicity in exchange for a hot meal.
The questions are required as part of a new California law, the LGBT Disparities Reduction Act, which requires meal-delivery services such as the popular Wheels on Wheels to "survey" recipients.
The questions asked include: "What is your sex?"; "Do you still associate with your gender?"; "Are you heterosexual?"; "Are you white or Hispanic?"
Jonathan Keller of the California Family Council says sometimes data gathered by the government is legitimate but he questions why anyone would defend personal questions about sexuality.
"I really don't understand," he says, "why that should have any bearing on whether or not an individual is eligible for state assistance, when it comes to nutritional programs and nutritional assistance."
In a story about the survey questions, The Sacramento Bee quoted an 83-year-old woman who said she was shocked to get the "barrage" of questions from a Meals on Wheels representative in Sacramento County.
"I'm ticked off," she complained. "Why do they ask an 83-year-old this?"
The elderly woman was told by Wheels on Meals that a new federal law was behind the questioning, the Bee reported, but the story went on to admit that the new state law is at fault.
California lawmakers apparently passed the law after the Trump administration removed questions about sexual orientation in 2017.
Keller says the State of California should focus on serving its citizens equally.
"Regardless of what someone identifies," he says, "it doesn't have any bearing on whether or not they should be able to receive healthy meals and nutritional assistance."
Both the Bee story and Keller agree on what California citizens can do about the questions: they are not required --- for now --- to answer them.