If you have only use of one hand it can be difficult to guide food into utensils. The vertical walls on the scoop plate allow you to do this easily as the entry wall is .5″ high and steadily rises upwards to 1.5″. The plate has a 9″ diameter. The non-slip rubber-coated base prevents the plate from sliding. This lightweight polypropylene plate can be put in the dishwasher and used in the microwave.