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District 11

Andrew Cohen

Bedford Park, Kingsbridge, Riverdale, Norwood, Van Cortlandt Village, Wakefield, Woodlawn

Older adults are of higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Seniors, people with compromised immune systems, and those with underlying illnesses should remain indoors (they can go out for solitary exercise) and pre-screen all visitors/aides by taking their temperature. Everyone in the presence of vulnerable people should wear a mask and keep six feet of distance. Senior centers are closed to all activities. While congregate programming is suspended at senior centers, seniors can still access core services by calling Aging Connect at 212-244-6469.

RESOURCES

LiveOn has created a resource page that is dedicated to information for older New Yorkers and providers of services for older New Yorkers.  To apply for SNAP, SCRIE/DRIE, Medicaid, and more contact LiveOn NY Benefits team hotline​ at 212-398-5045​ or email: ​benefits@liveon-ny.org  LiveOn provides free and confidential assistance for seniors who are interested in applying for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to pay for food and groceries.  SNAP is available to anyone living on a low or fixed income and can put more food on your table.

LiveOn NY will:

  1. Screen you for eligibility
  2. Assist you with an application
  3. Submit your application to HRA for you
  4. Follow up throughout the process
  5. Assist with re-certification

FOOD ASSISTANCE FOR SENIORS

Home Meal Delivery

The New York City Department for the Aging is working with senior centers to provide meals for homebound elderly neighbors during this dangerous outbreak. These meals are essential for the homebound elderly, many of whom live on just one meal a day. Grab-and-Go meals will no longer be offered at senior centers.

GetFoodNYC is a meal delivery program created by the City of New York to assist New Yorkers who are unable to access food themselves during COVID-19. If you cannot leave your home to get food, do not have anyone who can bring you food, and you are not able to use private delivery options, you may be eligible to get meals delivered directly to your home. Go to NYC.gov/GetFood or call 311 and say “Get Food” for information. Apply here by creating an account. Households that qualify may place an order every 48 hours. No orders may be placed between the hours of 11AM Friday and 11AM Saturday and no deliveries will be made on Sundays. Orders placed before 11AM will be delivered within two days of the order date. Orders placed after 11AM will be delivered within three days of the order date. Each order will contain two days of meals (4 meals per person in the household, but no household will receive more than 8 meals per delivery).

This program is intended for individuals and families affected by COVID-19 who meet the following criteria:

  • No members of the household can go out and get food because they are at increased medical risk or homebound
  • No neighbors or family members can go out and get food for you
  • Do not receive meal assistance from other providers (such as Meals on Wheels or God’s Love We Deliver); and
  • You are unable to afford meal delivery or grocery delivery

Missing Food Deliveries?

Anyone already enrolled in DFTA’s Direct Center Meal Delivery to Home program can report missing deliveries or other feedback directly to DFTA by Aging Connect at 212-AGING-NYC (212-244-6469).  Please also reach out to my office if you are experiencing any difficulties accessing meals or any other issues. 

Additional Meal Delivery Providers

SUPERMARKETS, DELIS, & RETAIL FOOD STORES (Offering Delivery)

If you are a senior or care provider for a senior receiving SNAP benefits, there is the option of using EBT cards to purchase food and have it delivered via AmazonWalmart, or ShopRite (delivery fees must be paid separately using a debit or credit card.) 

  • For delivery services such as InstacartFreshDirectGrubHubShiptSeamlessYelpPeapod and UberEats, an email address and credit card is required for registration. Mercato is offering free delivery for those 60 years or older with the code OVER60. Wholesalers have also opened up free delivery services to the public including Baldor Specialty Foods and Chef’s Warehouse but require a minimum of $250. Most pharmacies in New York City are able to deliver prescriptions. 
  • The listed apps do not accept SNAP (EBT) payments for delivery, but many retailers do IN-STORE.
  • Delivery fees range from around $0.99 to $10, but most fees are waived if you spend over $10 or $15 in the app (for independent grocers, this may be higher)
  • Many delivery services are flooded and there may be extra long wait times, unavailable products, and/or no delivery possible. Some have been successful obtaining a delivery slot by placing orders at off-times.
  • The citywide shutdown of all non-essential businesses in NYC should not impact opening hours of supermarkets, groceries, delis or other retail food stores.
  • Uber started a service for senior citizens to order Uber Eats meal deliveries without the app by ordering food over the phone with an Uber representative. Dial 1-833-USE-UBER (1-833-873-8237) from your cell phone to talk to an Uber team member who will help you create an Uber account and request a ride. You will need to call from a cell phone that can receive text messages. The service is available daily from 7AM to 9PM and gives full access to Uber’s NYC Eats restaurant partners and will include a tipping option (but with no delivery or service fees).

Please call stores before visiting as their services (take-out, delivery, benefits such as SNAP) may be changing frequently.

  • The following local stores are delivering:
  • Riverdale Kosher Market: 5683 Riverdale Ave, (718) 884-2222
    • It’s the shopping center in Skyview for kosher food. You can order online. You cannot call in orders.
  • City Fresh Market: 2477 Valentine Ave, (718) 933-9517
    • Delivery available by going to cityfreshmarket.com. Place your order online, then call the local store right away to confirm the order. They are also affiliated with cherryvalleymarketplace.com, which may have more locations close to you.
    • Delivery radius: Depends on the local store – may have walking/driving deliveries
    • Minimum purchase: $50 minimum purchase for free delivery
    • Additional fees: Vary based on distance from the store (if below $50 purchase)
    • SNAP/WIC: Yes, accepted for delivery as well as in-store
  • Cherry Valley Marketplace: 2870 Webster Ave, (718) 364-0101
    • Delivery available by going to cherryvalleymarketplace.com. Place your order online, then call the local store right away to confirm the order. They are also affiliated with cityfreshmarket.com, which may have more locations close to you.
    • Delivery radius: Depends on the local store – may have walking/driving deliveries
    • Minimum purchase: $50 minimum purchase for free delivery
    • Additional fees: Vary based on distance from the store (if below $50 purchase)
    • SNAP/WIC: Yes, accepted for delivery as well as in-store 
  • Foodtown: 283 East 204th Street, (718) 882-7865
    • Delivery available through Instacart or select locations of Foodtown on the Go.
    • Delivery radius: Within your zip code – try other store locations with Instacart if necessary
    • Minimum purchase: $10. Get free delivery for 2 weeks with Instacart Express (can cancel before $99 annual charge).
    • SNAP/WIC: Instacart does NOT accept SNAP/WIC, but Foodtown does IN-STORE ONLY.
  • Morton Williams: 15 East Kingsbridge Rd, (718) 933-5910
    • SNAP/WIC: Instacart/Shipt do NOT accept SNAP/WIC, but Morton Williams does IN-STORE only.
      Stores are also open daily for seniors-only shopping 7am-8am
    • Minimum purchase: $10. Get free delivery for 2 weeks with Instacart Express (can cancel before $99 annual charge).
    • Delivery radius: Within your zip code – try other store locations with Instacart if necessary

SENIOR SHOPPING HOURS

  • BJ’s Wholesale Club
    • Stores open 1 hour early from 8:00 – 9:00 AM for Members over 60. See Store Finder Here for the nearest BJ’s.
  • Costco
    • 8 am to 9 am on Tuesday and Thursday for members 60 and older. See Store Finder Here for the nearest Costco.
  •  Dollar General
    • Stores open 1 hour early for seniors only. See Store Finder Here for the nearest Dollar General.
  • Fairway Market
    • 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. open to those 65 and older, those with increased susceptibility to serious illness, and expecting mothers. See Store Finder Here for nearest Fairway Market.
  • Stop and Shop
    • 6:00 am – 7:30 am is reserved for senior customers. See Store Finder Here for the nearest Stop and Shop.
  • Target
    • First shopping hour on Wednesday morning is reserved for seniors and those with underlying health conditions. See Store Finder Here for the nearest Target.
  • Trader Joe’s
    • 9 am to 10 am, a special line for senior customers outside the store to ensure expedited service. See Store Finder Here for the nearest Trader Joe’s.
  • Walgreens
    • 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. hour every Tuesday for senior citizens and their caretakers. Stores are also offering their senior day discount all day on Tuesdays. Customers age 55 and older will receive 30 percent off regularly priced Walgreens brands and 20 percent off regularly priced national brands. See Store Finder Here for the nearest Walgreens.
  • Whole Foods
    • Stores open 1 hour early for seniors only. See Store Finder Here for special senior hours at your closest Whole Foods.

TRANSPORTATION

  • GoGoGrandparent provides the use of Lyft or Uber without a smartphone.
    • 1. Register for GoGo by clicking here or by calling 1 (855) 464-6872.
    • 2. CALL 1 (855) 464-6872 and wait to hear: “Thanks for calling GoGo”
    • 3. Choose one of the available options:
      • PRESS 1 to immediately request a Lyft or Uber to your home.
      • PRESS 2 to request a Lyft or Uber to where we dropped you off last. PRESS 3, 4 or 5 to request a Lyft or Uber to a custom pick up location.
      • PRESS 6 to request a Lyft or Uber with an operator.
      • PRESS 0 to speak with an operator about scheduling requests in advance or anything else.
  • The National Supermarket Association, in partnership with Lyft, is providing access to transportation for seniors in New York City. Using the code NSARELIEF in the Lyft app, seniors will have access to $25 for rides to and from designated National Supermarket Association-affiliated supermarkets in the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, and Upper Manhattan during designated senior hours, between 5:30am and 9:30am. NSA-affiliated supermarkets include popular city grocery chains Foodtown, C-Town, and Food Universe.

MEDICINE

  • Medicaid now covers a 90-day supply for most prescription medications and will allow early refills due to quarantine or outbreak. Read guidance, here
  • Medicare will cover lab tests for COVID-19, medically necessary hospitalizations, and more. Read guidance, here.
  • NYC seniors, if you need help finding a health care provider, call 311.
  • Major pharmacy chains and local pharmacies are offering free home delivery to help reduce long lines for prescriptions at their facilities. Some medications may not be eligible for free home delivery, please contact your pharmacy for more information.

TECHNOLOGY

National Tech Hotline: 920-666-1959 from Senior Planet. It is open from 9am – 5pm EDT, Monday through Friday. They will help with any technology questions including setting up your computer or laptop. Please leave a message if they are on another call and they will get back to you.

OTHER SUPPLIES

  • Larry the Locksmith is open with free home delivery (orders over $20). You can go to their website or call 718.543.2095