Stores across the nation are taking measures to make sure those most vulnerable have access to groceries and supplies.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), older adults and people with underlying health conditions are more susceptible to the coronavirus (COVID-19), grocery stores are dedicating time for only senior shoppers and other at-risk groups.
Smith’s Food & Drugs
Smith’s stores will dedicate the first hour on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays, from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m., solely to the shopping needs of senior citizens. This will continue until further notice.
Every Tuesday and Thursday from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Albertsons will offer shopping to senior citizens and other at-risk populations, such as pregnant women or those with compromised immune systems.
The retailer said it is reserving the first hour of each day for seniors and the most vulnerable. The stores open at 9 a.m.
Costco will open its doors for members 60 years and older ever Tuesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
La Bonita Supermarkets
La Bonita Supermarkets. All stores will reserve the first two hours, 6 a.m. to 8 a.m., for those 60 and older, allowing no more than 50 customers inside at a time.
People who are 65 and older, disabled or pregnant will be given priority access from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. daily.
Target says the first hour of shopping every Wednesday will be reserved for “vulnerable guests,” including those over 65 years old, pregnant women or those defined by the CDC as vulnerable or at-risk.
Walgreens is offering a “Seniors-only hour” every Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Dollar General stores will dedicate the first hour of every shopping day to senior shoppers.
Walmart is offering senior shopping every Tuesday from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. from March 24 – April 28. It will start one hour before the store opens to the public. The pharmacies will also be open during this time. The vision centers will be open to help with emergency and essential needs only.
All its stores in the United States will serve customers 60 and older one hour before opening to the public. 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Trader Joe’s is reserving the first hour of daily shopping to senior customers, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Sam’s Club stores will have early shopping hours every Tuesday and Thursday from 7 to 9 a.m. for seniors and those with disabilities or compromised immune systems. The special shopping hours will be available until further notice.
Helping Hands of Vegas Valley and Three Square are teaming up to make sure seniors in the community can get food regardless of income. If you or a loved one need assistance getting food, or you are a senior (60+) in need of home delivered groceries, you can call Three Square at (702) 765-4030. Helping Hands of Vegas Valley offers walk-in pantry hours Monday through Wednesday, 8am-12pm and also delivers food to home bound seniors and offers transportation service to seniors in need. Call (702) 633-7264 for details.