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Local partnership in PRC makes grocery shopping safe for vulnerable seniors

The true power of our communities is often put to the test during times like these. In Pembroke-Renfrew County (PRC), the community has proven time and time again that it’s through togetherness that we can get through anything.

In a continued effort to help vulnerable members of the community stay safe at home during COVID-19, Carefor PRC partnered with Hyska’s Your Independent Grocers in Petawawa to help make grocery shopping safe and easy for the community’s vulnerable seniors.

With their help, Carefor facilitates grocery deliveries once a week to clients in the area. “Every Friday we deliver orders with the help of wonderful grocery store staff and our dedicated and reliable Carefor staff drivers,” says Janna Wood, CSS Program Supervisor. “During the height of the pandemic, we were able to boost this delivery service to three times a week. This service allows clients to receive their groceries in a safe manner as a result of excellent collaboration and a strong sense of community.”

For those who are able to leave their homes, this program offers them an opportunity to safely shop for groceries. Carefor driver, Larry Graham, is the catalyst in making that happen. He explains that they have social distancing and safety precautions in place for those who would like the opportunity to shop for their own items. He drives clients to the store, where they’re then able to choose their own items before returning safely to their homes.

This initiative demonstrates how quickly partnerships can form and adapt to supporting the most vulnerable in our communities, especially during a time of need.

Valerie Hyska, owner of Hyska’s Independent Grocers, considers seniors a valuable part of her business as well as her community. “Our senior customers have supported our business over many years.  In the spirit of great customer service and community giving, we are more than happy to participate in this partnership with Carefor. Providing a safe method of shopping and delivery for our seniors is also very fulfilling for us. Now more than ever, the need for this type of service has come to light, and we are happy to help where we can.”

Learn more about services offered in Carefor Pembroke-Renfrew County by visiting carefor.ca.