MORRIS COUNTY, NJ – Volunteers from nonprofit Jersey Cares are doing grocery shopping for older or disabled Morris County residents, in a partnership with the Morris County Office on Aging, Disabilities, and Community Programming.
The program is aimed at keeping persons most vulnerable to COVID-19 out of harm’s way, giving them an option of staying out of supermarkets and other food markets.
While the shopping service is free, it is important to note that participating residents must pay for their food. Also, government electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards cannot be used to pay for groceries.
Eligible participants must be at least age 60 or be disabled and between ages 18-to-59 and in need of shopping assistance. To request shopping assistance and get more information, call 973-285-6848 or 1-800-564-4656. Volunteers have been vetted by Jersey Cares and are ready to serve Morris County residents.
“We are very glad to have county government partner with Jersey Cares in this important response to the COVID-19 crisis, which has especially impacted our older and disabled populations here in Morris County,’’ said Freeholder Kathy DeFillippo, the county governing board’s liaison on social services issues.
“Jersey Cares is proud to offer this program in Morris County. While we developed the program in response to a critical COVID-19 need, we realized this need has always been there,’’ said Michele Epifani, vice president of programs for Jersey Cares.
“The Seniors are wonderful to work with and always so grateful for the service,’’ Epifani added, saying their volunteers are eager to get started on this new joint effort with the county.
Program participants are required to provide contact information, a grocery list, and a maximum budget for each shopping trip. More specific program information will be provided when participants call for the service.
Jersey Cares, a nonprofit organization that was established in 1993, recruits and engages volunteers in projects that address community-identified needs.
To volunteer for the new grocery shopping program, and for more information on Jersey Cares, click here.
For more information on Morris County government programs for seniors and disabled county residents, click here.