Rotary to kick off grocery delivery for seniors next week

Published 6:38 pm Thursday, April 9, 2020

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The Washington (Noon) Rotary Club has received and set up new phones for its Rotary Delivers Project, a new initiative to deliver groceries and other needed items to local seniors in the area.

Volunteer drivers will deliver phoned-in and paid for orders for groceries, restaurant orders and medical prescriptions for homebound senior citizens, handicapped persons or others in need who do not have transportation to pick up needed food or medical supplies.

“Washington Noon Rotary is putting together a great group of people who will deliver food and medicine to those in our community who aren’t able to go out and get those things themselves,” read a statement from the club. “Consider giving some time as a volunteer driver. You don’t have to be a Rotary member. We’re working with The United Way, Washington Senior Center and others to help identify those who need items dropped off at their doors.”

Three public contact numbers will be manned by dispatchers from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays through Fridays. These numbers are:

  • 252-414-5188
  • 252-702-7154
  • 252-751-7796

The public will be asked to use these numbers to access the service. If the first number is not answered, they should then dial they next number. During the day, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. one of these numbers will be answered by a Rotary Dispatcher at all times.

Service will initially be limited to deliveries in Washington, Washington Park, the Pamlico Plantation area, Chocowinity and the Cypress Landing area. The project will begin operating on Monday at 11 am.

Drivers will not go to a store and shop for people, nor will they transport any person in their vehicle. Deliveries will be place on the front porch of the citizen who called.

The club is still looking for additional delivery drivers willing to volunteer. Anyone interested is asked to call Bob Douglas, project coordinator, at 530-949-1332.