In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, stores across the nation are making grocery shopping more accessible for older people, a group with a higher mortality rate from COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus. Some stores include other high-risk groups in its policies.
While there is no need to stockpile, grocery stores have been flooded with people getting food and supplies for self-quarantine and now shelter-in-place orders. Grocery stores have added policies as the virus progresses, including the addition of dedicated senior hours.
Here is a list of participating grocery stores offering special hours for senior citizens. Not all stores have defined a minimum age for seniors.
An hour before opening time at 8 a.m., Fiesta is offering a senior hour starting at 7 a.m. daily.
Identification of 65 years or older may be checked by employees. Adjusted store hours are 8 a.m.- 9 p.m.
H-E-B and Favor launched its Senior Support Line last week. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., seven days a week, seniors (60 years of age or older) can call 1-833-397-0080 or order online on Favor’s website (favordelivery.com), for groceries.
All orders are for same-day delivery. No in-person senior hours are in place, but stores are open 8 a.m.- 8 p.m.
Randalls is dedicating two hours Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7-9 a.m., to senior citizens (age not specified) and at-risk members of the community.
Store hours are 7 a.m.- 9 p.m.
Every Wednesday, in the first hour of shopping and starting at 8 a.m., Target is opening to senior citizens (age not specified) and those with underlying health concerns.
Adjusted store hours are 8 a.m.- 9 p.m.
From 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. daily, Trader Joe’s has implemented a separate line for senior customers. It ensures an expedited entrance for seniors (age not specified).
Adjusted store hours are 9 a.m.- 7 p.m.
Every Tuesday, starting March 24, Walgreens will open for senior citizens (55 years of age or older), caretakers and immediate family of seniors at 8 a.m., dedicating an hour to this community before opening to the general public. Adjusted store hours are 9 a.m.- 9 p.m.
All day Tuesdays, customers age 55 and older can receive 30% off regularly priced Walgreen brand products and 20% off regularly priced national brands.
Starting March 24 until April 28, Walmart is having an hour-long senior shopping event for customers 60 years of age or older every Tuesday before the store opens.
Pharmacy and Vision Center services will also be available. Adjusted store hours are 7 a.m.- 8:30 p.m.
Also adding senior hours as of March 24 is Wheatsville. Senior citizens (age not specified) and higher risk groups can shop from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, before the stores open. Store hours are 10 a.m.- 9 p.m.
Starting Thursday (March 26), Wheatsville also will offer its $5 grab-n-go meal all day rather the usual 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. time frame.
An hour before opening, Whole Foods locations are opening for seniors (60 years and older) starting at 7 a.m.
Adjusted store hours are 8 a.m.- 8 p.m.