Free grocery delivery and free gift delivery while senior citizens facing risk of COVID-19

  • Location
    Omaha, Nebraska
  • Status
  • Age Level
    8 to 10 Years
    11 to 13 Years
    14 to 18 Years

The Problem

Due to COVID-19, Senior Living Center is lock-down. And the Elderly stay at home with higher risk of healthy problem if going out for their grocery shopping.

Our Plan

We offer free grocery delivery to our elderly couple who live in their own house to minimize their explore to unwanted health situation. And also we prepared handmade greeting card, along with small gifts, to deliver to senior living center to remind the elderly that we are caring about them.

Themes Addressed

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    Community Enhancement
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    Food Choices

The Benefit

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Here is how the project went:

1. Great. Our neighborhood does not have access to Shipt and some other delivery grocery services. I collected donated health groceries via Amazon and Walmart Delivery. I left all boxes outside my frontdoor for 4 days to avoid any virus contamination on box surfaces. I then put them in a sort of giftbox and delivered to the older people in my neighborhood who are not leaving their homes much at all, even for groceries. 2. It went very well. our dear elderly couple live on their own, we just deliveries fruits and vegetables at their frond porch, waving at her. She smiles, and waves back to me.

Through this project I/we learned:

I researched Covid-19 can live on cardboard for up to 4 days, so I learned to leave any deliveries outside for 4 days, before donating groceries, to ensure they are contamination-free. Put those fruits and vegetables in the cooler when drop off at front porch, which allows those stay fresh for a while.

What I/we might change:

1. We will begin the second round of grocery collection, then delivery. An idea I have is to take all the excess new unopened groceries we all over-bought, and deliver those, to avoid waste. 2. Continue this project, I will start adding delivery of meat/egg, and will ask the elderly for their diet preference/diet restriction. For example, one elderly would prefer banana over apple (apple with more natural sugar might be too sweet for her)

My/our favorite part of this project was:

1. Making the deliveries. 2. See smiling on their face, while waving back to me. The elderly looks healthy, which makes me happy too.

Some tips, tricks or fun facts about the project:

1. Let your neighbors know the groceries were kept for 4 days so they know there is no contamination on the surface, and let them know you used gloves when then transferring them to a gift box, and wear a mask when you make the delivery! It is important to make your neighbors feel safe about this receiving this gift. 2. Wear mask and gloves, put those fruits and vegetables in the cooler when drop off at front porch, which allows produce stay fresh.

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