Senior Services of Alexandria’s Groceries to Go program seamlessly fulfills a crucial need that many seniors have. In partnership with Giant Food, screened volunteers shop and then deliver groceries to their “assigned” seniors every other week. Groceries are ordered based on the senior’s personal shopping list. There are no delivery fees and no minimum orders. The only requirement is that the seniors must be over 60 years old and live in the city of Alexandria.
According to the Alexandria Gazette Packet
, “We are the first to admit that the initial trips to Giant were not that seamless. The toilet paper was still elusive. Ditto for the hand sanitizer. Disinfectant wipes? We’re still looking for them! And shopping for someone else can be hard! But gradually we all developed a routine, got to know our seniors better, and six months later, we’ve got it down. Key to our success is Sandy Freedman, the director of the Groceries to Go program. She is an incredible ambassador for the program and a real inspiration to volunteers and seniors alike.”
As per the Alexandria Gazette Packet, “What do we value the most from our experience? The chats with our seniors, of course. They’re a lovely diversion from our day-to-day responsibilities. Early on, we shared our concerns about the pandemic. Now, we are more likely to chat about our families and the cooler weather as we enter fall. And we’re extremely lucky when our seniors regale us with the colorful stories of their lives. The topic doesn’t really matter; it’s the connection that does. After all, who doesn’t want to meet a new friend to chat with? While we decided to volunteer with Groceries to Go to help seniors get their shopping done, we definitely gained so much more in the process – our three new friends.”
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