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Home-delivered grocery program kicks off in Lake County for senior households

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Posted at 12:18 PM, Apr 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-03 12:18:53-04

LAKE COUNTY, Ohio — To help keep senior citizens at home during the stay at home order, particularly away from crowded grocery stores, the Lake County Board of Commissioners and United Way of Lake County teamed up to offer a home delivery grocery service.

The new program will provide basic home-delivered grocery items for those unable to grocery shop and who do not have someone to go shopping for them. The program provides a pre-selected bag of groceries to seniors free of charge.

Households with a senior 60 years or older how lives in Lake County are eligible to receive a bag of groceries per week. The contents in the bag depends on availability, and may include fresh fruits, vegetables, rice, bread and milk.

Those who want to use this service can do so by calling Lifeline at 211 Monday through Sunday between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. or the Council of Aging at 440-205-8111 Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Requests must be received by 2:00 p.m. Monday for Tuesday delivery or 2:00 p.m. Wednesday for Thursday delivery.

Laketran will deliver the groceries and knock on the door of the residence to alert the resident of a delivery. Drivers will not enter a home.

“We’re happy to provide such a valuable service to some of our most vulnerable Lake County residents at this time of national emergency,” said Ben Capelle, chief executive officer of Laketran, in a news release.