Pima Council on Aging Partners with City of Tucson to Provide Grocery Shopping Service to Older Adults

TUCSON, AZ – Through generous funding of $500,000 from the City of Tucson federal CARES Act funds, Pima Council on Aging is expanding its grocery shopping service for City of Tucson residents age 60 and over.

During these difficult times, it is critical that older adults reduce their exposure to COVID-19 by physically distancing. PCOA realizes the pressure that this puts on older adults and family caregivers, and with some stores ending their “senior hours” it can be difficult for older adults to safely get groceries and supplies they need. Grocery delivery services can be costly, creating additional barriers for lower-income older people.

Shopping services up to two trips per month to obtain food and other essential items will be provided at no cost to eligible older adults. Enrolled individuals will pay for the items they receive. Limited financial assistance may be available.

Qualifications for the expanded grocery shopping program are as follows:
• Must be a City of Tucson resident
• Must be 60 years of age or older
• Must have income of 200% of the federal poverty level or less per year ($25,520 for one person)

Qualifications for residents outside of the City of Tucson may differ.

“We are extremely grateful to Mayor Romero and the Tucson City Council,” said W. Mark Clark, President & CEO. “These additional funds will allow us to help older adults safely isolate and reduce the spread of the deadly Coronavirus.”

Pima Council on Aging is partnering with Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest to provide this service. If you or a loved one are in need of grocery shopping assistance call (520) 790-7262 or email help@pcoa.org.

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