Save Morning Food Shopping Hours For Seniors Movement Working As Stores Designate Time

You’ve seen the empty shelves at supermarkets and just how crowded they can get during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now stores are responding to a movement started online asking people who are younger and healthy to stay home during morning food shopping hours so vulnerable shoppers — senior citizens, pregnant women and anyone with compromised immune systems — can shop safer.

  • Brookdale ShopRite designates Fridays from 6:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. for elderly/high risk customers.
  • Kings supermarket on Valley Road is open from 7am-8am for elderly and high risk shoppers.
  • Starting today, Wedneday, Whole Foods Market stores will let customers who are 60 and older shop one hour before opening to the public.
  • Stop and Shop also is offering shopping only for people 60+ from 6am-7:30am beginning Thursday, March 19th.
  • Target will reserve the first hour of shopping each Wednesday at stores nationwide for vulnerable guests.

At-risk Montclair residents are encouraged by Lifelong Montclair to stay inside as much as possible and to have someone else do your shopping. You can also sign up for a weekly delivery of free groceries by calling 973-509-4979 and leaving a voicemail with your name, phone number, and address with apartment number if applicable.

If you live in one of the senior buildings (First Montclair House, Montclair Inn, PineRidge, or South End Gardens), Lifelong Montclair is working directly with leadership in those buildings to deliver groceries to all building residents.

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