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Local grocers stepping up for people in need during COVID-19 pandemic

In the wake of mass purchasing of food and necessities, several grocery stores around the Border City are stepping up to help the most vulnerable.

Due to concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic could cause seniors, immunocompromised people or people self-isolating to have a more difficult time accessing these resources, grocery stores have started implementing Early Bird-like hours, which will allow them to gather the supplies they need in a safe environment.

One of those stores is the Lloydminster and District CO-OP, which is taking the initiative a step further and providing home delivery of “grocery essentials” food packages to the seniors. Marketing and Communications Manager Kristine Knourek says that they are doing it this way to provide an extra layer of safety.

“As we know, a lot of health officials and government agencies have said seniors over the age of 70 and those at risk should not be entering public spaces like grocery stores, they’re supposed to stay home and stay safe, so Lloyd CO-OP Marketplace is making that just a little bit easier on everybody.”

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The $24.99 “grocery essential” package includes nutrient-dense pantry items and fresh product which is delivered free in town right to seniors’ doors. Also, the CO-OP is working with its pharmacy division to provide home delivery for prescriptions.

Knourek says the program has been received positively, and that they’re happy to work together with the community to help everyone get through the COVID-19 Pandemic.

“Hopefully it will relieve a little bit of pressure on some people if they don’t have families nearby that can shop for them or have any other supports in place. It’s just our way of caring for that generation, that really important elderly generation that built our CO-OP and built our community.”

Residents in need are asked to call 780-808-8338 ext 100 to order and prepay with your credit card by 2 pm for same-day delivery.

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