Monroe Grocery Bag Program Keeps Seniors Fed, Safe
CT Post, April 30, 2020
By Brian Gioiele
MONROE — Filled grocery bags are now available to residents 60 and older — those deemed most at risk of serious complications from the coronavirus if they leave home to shop.
The town has partnered with the Southwestern Connecticut Agency on Aging in providing the free bags during the pandemic. Overall, the town has had six residents die from COVID-19-related complications, with 75 testing positive for the virus.
According to First Selectman Ken Kellogg, each grocery bag provides a one-week supply of, among other things, produce, eggs, bread and toilet paper.
There is no financial requirement to be eligible, said Kellogg, and Meals-on-Wheels recipients can receive a bag in addition to their meals.
All individuals must pre-register in advance. Some basic demographic information is required.
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Delivery is available for individuals who meet physical and transportation qualifications. Supplies are limited and on a first-come-first-served basis.
Funding for the program is made available by the Federal Government CARES Act, with additional support from Tuft's Health Plan Foundation, the Griswold Foundation and the Fairfield County Community Foundation.
Kellogg asked that residents in need of assistance and to sign up for grocery bag delivery should contact Director of Community and Social Services Henna Ali at 203-452-2815, Ext. 4.
For information regarding the Monroe Food Pantry, call Ali or Kathleen Turner, food pantry coordinator, at 203-452-2817.
While some of these efforts are supported through grants, Kellogg said the town also welcomes donations, which can be made online at http://www.monroect.org/donate.
“I appreciate all the support our community has provided to their neighbors in need,” said Kellogg. “I am extremely grateful to all our staff and our volunteers who continue to give their time and skills in support of our food pantry, senior center and social services.”