List of resources to help seniors get groceries and prescriptions
Many businesses and organizations are offering delivery and drive-through services to help seniors and those who are at-risk reduce contact and still find the essentials they need. Read on for a growing list of resources including free prescription delivery, free curbside grocery pick-up, grocery delivery options and food pantry assistance.Posted — Updated
During this coronavirus outbreak, senior citizens and those at-risk because of certain health conditions are considered to be very high risk and are encouraged to avoid public places. This includes staying out of grocery stores, drug stores and pharmacies.
Many businesses and organizations are offering delivery and drive-through services to help seniors reduce contact and still find the essentials they need. Read on for a growing list of resources including free prescription delivery, free curbside grocery pick-up, grocery delivery options and food pantry assistance.
Drug Stores Offering Prescription Delivery
Carroll Pharmacy in Smithifield
Davis Drug in Kenly
Falls River Pharmacy
Hayes Barton Pharmacy
Health Park Pharmacy
HealthSmart Pharmacy in Wake Forest
HealthSmart Pharmacy in Wake Forest is offering free delivery in Wake Forest and surrounding area. Their hours are Monday - Friday from 9 am - 7 pm and Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm. Address is 2001 S. Main Street, Wake Forest, 27587. Phone is 919-569-0550.
Hillsborough Pharmacy and Nutrition in Hillsborough
Grocery Stores Offering Delivery, Curbside Pick-Up or Dedicated Shopping Options
Although many grocery stores offer delivery, their stock is low right now and all items will not be available. Personal shoppes will do their best to substitute products, but keep in mind that not all items are in stock.
According to their website, "For orders greater than $35, the fee is $3.99, or $5.99 to have the order delivered within an hour. For orders less than $35, fee is $7.99 or $9.99 to have the order delivered within an hour. And your first time placing a delivery order is FREE! These prices are subject to change. Please keep in mind that all delivery orders must be $10 or more. In addition, there is delivery service fee which is 5% of your order. When we experience high demand for a delivery time, the fee for delivery may be higher. Fees for each delivery will be displayed when selecting a delivery window during checkout, before you place your order. These prices are subject to change."
Dollar General is asking customers to let seniors shop during the first hour of business each day. They are trying to offer a less crowded shopping experience those at a higher risk during this coronavirus outbreak.
Community Organizations Offering Help to Seniors
Community of Hope Ministries, Garner, NC
3rd Thursday of every month – 6:00-7:00pm
Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina
The Center for Volunteer Caregiving in Wake County
This service is available for Wake County residents only. The services provided by The Center are free.
In addition, their volunteers can provide telephone check-ins for anyone who needs reassurance and a friendly voice. They have modified the registration process for this service as well until the pandemic passes.
Their volunteers provide other services such as friendly visiting, light housekeeping, telecare, transportation to medical appointments and basic needs shops, and caregiver respite, but most of these services are on hold for a few weeks during the pandemic.
They are also looking for volunteers to help those in need, if you are looking for a way to help out during this pandemic.
Senior Living Communities Shopping for Residents
Many senior living communities are offering to shop for their residents or help them order groceries online for delivery. If you or a loved one lives in a retirement community, ask if this service is available.
"We understand the impact of social distancing on our residents and are helping them to continue with necessary activities like grocery shopping. We’ve provided online shopping forms to stores such as Food Lion, Walmart, and Target, which allows them to shop from the convenience of their home. If they need assistance, we place the order for them, and either have the items delivered or we pick them up from local stores.
As many others are experiencing, finding certain items can be a challenge so we have utilized our resources and vendors to stock the Preston Pointe market (inside our lobby) with high demand items, like toilet paper, hand sanitizer, hand soap, bread, etc. This allows our residents to be able to “shop” internally as opposed to venturing out, a much safer option. Our goal in doing all of this, truly, is for the safety of our residents but to also try to provide some feeling of normalcy as well. We are continuing to look for ways to assist our residents through all of this," shared Ms. Earp.
Neighbors and Friends
If you know of any other organizations offering help, please send the details and contact information for the organization to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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