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GROCERY BAGS AVAILABLE TO SENIORS IN THE COMMUNITY:

The Southwestern CT Agency on Aging believes that nutrition is a vital part of a senior’s overall wellbeing and is especially important during this time. We feel that no barriers should exist in getting access to much-needed nutrition and supplies. Therefore, in partnership with our strong network of community partners, supporters and volunteers on the ground in participating towns, we are providing free groceries to seniors 60 and older who are deemed by the CDC to be at greater risk of serious complications from the COVID-19 virus if they leave their home to grocery shop.

Each pre-packaged grocery bag provides a one week supply of fresh produce, eggs, butter, bread and toilet paper. No-contact drive-through pick-up will be available at a designated location in each participating town. Some limited delivery is available for individuals who meet certain physical and transportation qualifications.

To sign up for this program please call 1-800-994-9422, option 3

All individuals must pre-register in advance. Some basic demographic information is required as the funds are made available by the Federal Government Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act.  There is no financial requirement to be eligible and Meals-on-Wheels recipients are able to receive a bag in addition to their meals. Please note that supplies are limited and on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Support for the Grocery Distribution program comes from the CARES Act and the Tuft’s Health Plan Foundation, the Griswold Foundation and the Fairfield County Community Foundation. For those interested in supporting this much-needed program in their community through volunteering or donating, information can be found here: https://www.swcaa.org/volunteer-form/

 

Marie Allen

Executive Director

Southwestern CT Agency on Aging

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