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Macomb County announces new grocery delivery service for senior citizens

Deadline to apply is Nov. 10
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Posted at 6:20 AM, Oct 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-09 12:32:17-04

MACOMB COUNTY, Mich. (WXYZ) — The Macomb County Office of Senior Services has announced a new partnership with Shipt, an online grocery delivery service.

The partnership, which is the first of its kind between Shipt and a senior services agency, will allow Macomb County to offer residents age 60 and over a free, one-year membership to the delivery service.

“Our goal is to reduce virus exposure risk for seniors by having groceries delivered directly to their homes,” said Sheila Coté, director for the Macomb County Office of Senior Services. “With winter and flu season approaching, Macomb County hopes to provide seniors with a safe way to get essential needs.”

Shipt provides same-day grocery delivery from local stores via a community of reliable shoppers. When a membership is activated, a user can order groceries – through Shipt’s app or website using either their phones or computers – and Shipt will deliver the order straight to the user's home. Shipt memberships will be provided to Macomb County residents on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last.

“We’re proud to partner with Macomb County to make it easy for seniors to skip the store and get groceries brought right to their door,” said Eric Stoner, director of Business Partnerships at Shipt. “For seniors staying home during this uncertain time, a Shipt Shopper can search the aisles for them and help ensure they have fresh food and household essentials.”

Throughout the pandemic, Shipt continues to make investments in shopper safety and support. This includes providing ongoing access to complimentary PPE (masks, gloves and hand sanitizer) and COVID-19 financial relief support for shoppers who are temporarily unable to work due to being diagnosed with COVID, having a member of their household diagnosed, or are under a mandatory quarantine order. Shoppers are provided with healthy hygiene habits recommended by the CDC and are encouraged to complete deliveries by leaving items at a customer’s doorstep where applicable.

“We understand that signing up for new digital services can be challenging, and that’s why our Office of Senior Services is standing by to help,” Coté said. “If you are interested in this program, or if you have a parent or loved one who might be interested, please contact our team for assistance.”

Individuals interested in signing up for a Shipt membership can reach the Macomb County Office of Senior Services by calling 586-469-5228 Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. The office is also mailing letters to the community with information on memberships.

The deadline to apply for the program is November 10, 2020.