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Posted on: April 9, 2020

Office of Elder Affairs Temporary Volunteer Program

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The Portland Office of Elder Affairs will implement a temporary volunteer service
to provide grocery shopping and food delivery to elderly Portland residents who
may have difficulty accessing food during the Coronavirus pandemic. The service
is intended to serve the most vulnerable senior citizens who are without
community/family support.

Basic criteria to receive volunteer services:
  • Age 65 or older
  • A resident of PortlandLives alone or with an elderly spouse
  • Unable to go to the grocery store or food pantry
  • Has no family/friends able to help
  • Priority given to those not served by other community programs
What volunteers can do:

  • Get a grocery list, go shopping, and deliver food once every two weeks
  • Use cash or a grocery store gift card to make purchases. Keep/show
       receipts.
  • Pick up and deliver pre-ordered items curbside (ie: Hannaford-to-Go
       Program)
  • Pick up and deliver boxed food from local food pantries
  • No contact delivery: Alert recipient of arrival, leave food outside, move
       away quicklySmile, wave, and greet at a safe distance (at least 6 feet away)
What volunteers can’t do:
  • Cannot go inside the community member’s home
  • Cannot use checks, debit, or credit cards to pay for groceries
  • Cannot accept tipsCannot transport community members anywhere
  • Cannot share confidential information about the recipient with anyone
For more information: Contact Linda Weare at lsw@portlandmaine.gov


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