March 20, 2020
Community Organizations and Retailers Make Changes to Protect and Support Older Americans
The coronavirus is particularly dangerous to older people who are at a higher risk of infection. In response, several retailers have made changes to make it easier for older Americans to get the food and supplies they need to stay in their homes.
This week Stop and Shop, Safeway, Giant and other retailers announced new “senior shopping hours,” designated times for older people to shop when stores are less crowded and hectic. Health officials however, continue to advise that whenever you are out of your home you should stay more than 6 feet away from other shoppers, and wash your hands thoroughly or use hand sanitizer before and after entering a store.
Food banks and food delivery services for homebound seniors or people with disabilities, such as Meals on Wheels, continue to operate in most communities. To find a food bank near you visit www.feedingamerica.org. Local Area Aging Agencies can answer questions about meal delivery and other home based supports in your community.