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'Groceries to Go' gives Two Harbors seniors a hand

Senior citizens in Two Harbors can now receive a helping hand with their weekly trips to the grocery store.

"Groceries to Go" is a new program from Community Partners, a nonprofit organization which supports the independence of people aged 60 and older. This new program is for older adults who have difficulty getting to or shopping at the grocery store.

"It's a way of getting groceries to people who aren't able to get to the store. Especially in this wintery season where it's icy and people are less likely to leave the house," Community Partners Executive Director Taylor Holm said. "It is evident that after doing community assessments and surveys that in our community, top needs for seniors are housing, transportation and food access. Other organizations like ours in the state have been providing 'groceries to go'-like programs and we've seen it work in other communities."

The Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation, based in Duluth, granted Community Partners $25,000 to address critical needs for seniors, including this new program.

Participants need to register with Community Partners about a week before their first order. After that, participants can call in their shopping lists on Tuesday mornings.

"You can be specific on the quality and quantity. Any specific brand names and so on," Holm said.

Community Partners volunteers take those lists and go grocery shopping at Super One the following day. A volunteer delivers the groceries to the participant and helps unpack if need be. Participants can pay for their orders directly to Super One and a $5 donation to Community Partners is suggested as well.

If a participant wants to be involved in the shopping experience, but needs help with the transportation aspect, Community Partners will help here as well.

"We will provide transportation to the grocery stores if someone would still like to participate in the grocery shopping process. It's a way of offering transportation and companionship so older adults can still get to the store," Holm said. "Even if it's just someone pushing around the cart for you, it's just about making it more accessible for that person."

Volunteers are needed to make the program possible. To volunteer or receive grocery delivery, call Taylor Holm at 218-834-8024.

Teri Cadeau

Teri Cadeau is a reporter for the Lake County News-Chronicle. 

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