How Grocers are stepping up during COVID-19 to help seniors
We all have someone in our family who is a senior or disabled. In times like this, we are more concerned about them than normal. We all must do our part to ensure their well-being. Large and small grocery stores across the nation are stepping up to prevent the spread of Coronavirus to this vulnerable population, as we all should.
Stores are designating certain shopping days and times only for this group. Check out the list of stores below to see how they are accommodating this population.
- Bi-Lo: Monday-Friday 8-9 a.m. for seniors and high-risk customers.
- Dollar General-Effective 3/17/2020: Open to strictly seniors from 8-9 a.m.
- Publix-Effective 3/24/2020: Grocery Store: Tuesday & Wednesday Morning 7-8 a.m. to customers over 65. Pharmacy: 7 a.m. to serve the senior population.
- Target: The first Wednesday hour is reserved for the elderly or those with underlying health conditions.
- Walgreens: Tuesday, 8-9 a.m. Pharmacists will also be doing wellness checks on seniors.
- Walmart: Every Tuesday through April 28Th for customers 60 and up, one hour before the sores open.
As always, be sure to utilize your SNAP benefits before spending your own money. SNAP recipients who have March 2020 and April 2020 recertifications, will automatically be recertified due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
How Grocers are Stepping Up during COVID-19-Hours & Limitations
Each day more grocery stores are altering their opening and closing hours. The intention of changing these hours is to ensure grocery store employees have enough time to restock and properly sanitize the store. Listed below are grocery stores with their altered hours.
Aldi: 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Dollar General: Stores will close one hour early. Hours vary by location.
Harris Teeter: 7 a.m.-8 p.m. On Wednesday the store will close at 9 p.m.
Publix: Stores will close at 8 p.m.
Target: Stores will close at 9 p.m.
Trader Joes: 9 a.m.- 7 p.m.
Walmart: 7 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
Wegmans: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Whole Foods: Stores will close up to 2 hours early. Hours vary by location.
Stores are also limiting toiletries, water, and non-perishable food items each shopper can purchase. Again, this is an attempt to make sure shelves stay stocked and all shoppers are guaranteed a chance of buying certain products.
Please be sure to check the hours of your local grocery stores (by calling, checking their website, or postings on their door) as this information continues to change. Help your senior neighbors by informing them of store hour changes or asking if there are items you can pick up for them. We are all in this together.
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