One of the most frequently asked questions we’ve received regarding the coronavirus so far has been, “Can you let us know which local grocery stores will offer hours just for seniors?”
You asked, we’re here to answer.
Basket from Gourmet Shop | Photo via @thegourmetshop5points
National chains with Cola locations
A number of national chains with Columbia locations have started implementing senior shopping hours. Here are a few:
From 7-8 a.m. Monday through Thursday, shopping will be reserved for customers 60+ and high-risk individuals.
From 8-9 a.m. on Wednesdays, shopping will be reserved for elderly guests and those with underlying health concerns. Online shopping with curbside pickup is also available.
From 7-8 a.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, shopping will be reserved for customers 65+.
From 7-8 a.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, shopping will be reserved for seniors, those with compromised immune systems, underlying health issues and pregnant women.
Click here for more national grocery stores that are offering senior-only hours.
Local businesses are jumping on board with the concept, too. While these businesses aren’t currently offering senior-only shopping hours – they do have options in place that allow seniors (and the general public) to shop for groceries without having to enter a store:
You can order curbside pickup Monday through Saturday. Orders must be sent in before 11 a.m. + can be picked up after 3 p.m.
Curbside pickup and delivery (within 15 minutes from the store) are now available for café and retail items.
While we’re on the subject, there are a few other Midlands organizations helping to serve the needs of local seniors, while practicing social distancing:
Senior citizens are eligible to pick up five free meals once a week from one of the Senior Resources pick-up locations. Each car is limited to two meal packs.
Seniors (60+) living in lower income communities, within the City of Columbia, who are traveling to doctors appointments, grocery stores or the pharmacy are eligible for free rides.
We know you guys have a lot more questions regarding the impact of the coronavirus on our community + resources that are available. Ask your questions here, and we’ll do our best to keep finding answers.