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A look at which Central Valley stores are helping seniors with special programs because of coronavirus. All programs are active now, except where noted. This list will be updated at www.modbee.com as more stores and chains add programs.
- Stanislaus County officials announced Thursday night that starting Monday, seniors older than 60 can visit the following senior or community centers listed below and register to pick-up a five-pack box of Sun Meadow frozen meals. Each box contains five frozen entrees, milk, juice or fruit cup and a mini loaf of bread.
- Big Lots: All of the national discount chain’s stores have reserved the first hour of each day for senior citizens and “those most vulnerable to this virus.” Other shoppers are being asked to respect the senior shopping hour. Big Lots stores are open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
- Cardenas Markets: The western states Latino grocery chain will open an hour early each day for “seniors & first responders” to shop before the general public. The special shopping window is open to senior citizens, their caretakers, people requiring a extra time and first responders. The special shopping hour will be 6 a.m. to 7 a.m., with its general public hours from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m .
- Dollar General: The chain of discount stores began a senior store hour, the first hour of business each day, to allow seniors and other at-risk customers time to shop. Others are “strongly encouraged” to plan their shopping accordingly. Stores are also closing an hour early to allow for restocking. Store hours vary, so call or check online at www.dollargeneral.com for your closest location.
- La Perla Tapatia: The Central Valley-based Latino grocery chain is reserving the first hour of shopping each day to customers age 65 and up and those with disabilities. From 7 to 8 a.m. will be reserved for people in those groups and stores are asking other customers to stay away during those times.
- O’Brien’s Market: The Modesto-based grocery chain is allowing those age 65 or older to shop one hour before the store opens daily to the general public. Shoppers should be prepared to show identification. All of its stores, in Modesto and Riverbank, now have limited hours from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. for the general public to allow for restocking and cleaning. The senior shopping hour starts at 7 a.m. daily.
- Raley’s: The supermarket chain is offering those 65 or older Senior Essential Bags with pre-selected bags of grocery essentials at a discounted price starting Saturday, March 21. The bags can be picked up up in-store or curbside, and friends of caregivers will be allowed to purchase them for the elderly. There are two bag options, a $20 with staples including fruits and vegetables, canned soup, pasta and sauce, beans, peanut butter and canned tuna, and a $35 with ready-to-eat meals which can be heated at home with entrees and salads. Bags will be available first-come, first-serve and given out one per family.
- Safeway: 7:00 am to 9:00 am, Tuesday and Thursday.
- SaveMart: 6:00 am to 9:00 am, all stores.
- Smart & Final: The grocery chain is offering a half-hour window starting at 7:30 a.m. before the store opens to the general public to allow “seniors and other at-risk populations” to shop. That includes those age 65 or older, customers with disabilities and pregnant women. People should be prepared to show ID to enter during the reserved shopping time. Normal store hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
- Target: The national chain has reserved the first hour of shopping each Wednesday to “support vulnerable guests,” which includes the elderly and those with underlying health concerns. The senior shopping hour is from 8 to 9 a.m. Wednesdays. The stores have also reduced their daily hours, closing by 9 p.m. daily in order to restock and deep clean the premise.
- Walmart: The national chain is offering a one-hour window before stores open to the general public once a week for customers aged 60 and older starting March 24. The senior shopping hour will be from 6 a.m. to 7 .am. every Tuesday. Store hours have been reduced for the general public to allow stocking and cleaning. The new store hours are 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. daily.
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