COVID-19 Community grocery runs: One for all & all for one.
As the pandemic worsens, it is high time that we unite to take care of the at-risk populations in the community as well as each other. Avoiding outdoor trips not only reduces the risk of exposures for ourselves but also makes public places like grocery stores less crowded, further reducing covert transmissions. As members of the Center County Community, we aim to form a community network for people in the same area to take turns to pick up groceries for multiple households at once so that fewer outdoor trips be made.
For the safety of everyone in this community, we highly recommend everyone in the network to gear up with face masks (and preferably also gloves) for all outdoor activities. If you have underlying health concerns, please stay at home and let us help (
). If you feel healthy but have recent travel history or have recently closely interacted with travelers, we also recommend staying at home as much as possible. If you know others in town who can use our help, please spread the news and let us help them too!
At the moment, we're getting in touch with local churches, the Centre County aging office, and senior centers to collect information on households with elderly people living by themselves. Once we get in touch with them, we will match their information to volunteers in the corresponding area. People who have reached out to us for help will also be connected with the area volunteers.
If you would still like to help more, we recommend you consider volunteering or donating to State College Meals on Wheels:
Contact information (Email, phone, etc.)
What is your residential zip code?
Which grocery stores do you frequent? (Choose top 3)
Wegmans & Target (Colonade Blvd)
Walmart (N. Atherton)
Sam's Club & Walmart (Benner pike)
Giant & Weis (N. Atherton)
Trader Joe's (N. Atherton)
Weis (Waupelani Dr)
Giant & Weis (S. Atherton)
Farmer's market (yes, they're still open!
Other ethnic grocery stores (please specify)
If you chose "other" and/or farmer's market, please specify their location (and farmer's market time) below:
If others were to buy or pick up groceries for you, which way do you prefer it to happen?
I order & pay online, and the volunteer only pick up & deliver
I give volunteer the grocery list and pay in Venmo/Zelle/PayPal afterwards
I give volunteer the grocery list and pay cash afterwards
If you were to buy or pick up groceries for others, which way do you prefer to happen?
They order & pay online, and I only pick up and deliver
I get grocery lists from them, pay upfront, and be reimbursed later via Venmo/Zelle/PayPal
I get grocery lists from them, pay upfront, and be reimbursed later via cash
Do you mind paying for someone else's groceries every once in a while?
If you're willing to pay for someone else's groceries, what is the acceptable frequency & price range for you?
Which means of communication do you prefer to communicate with other volunteers in your neighborhood? (Pick top 3 if more than 1)
Slack group or Discord channel
WhatsApp chat group
What times are you available for community grocery runs?
Please select all that apply
Do you have face masks (either disposable or reusable cloth ones) and gloves (either disposable or reusable cloth ones) to protect yourself and others when out on errands?
Yes, consider me covered
Yes, but I may need more
No, but I'd like to have some
No, and I don't want to wear them
Do you have allergies or dietary restrictions?
Any comments and/or questions?
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