I've been looking for alternative ways to get my groceries. Sometimes I don't have a problem with bus rides and dragging my handy dandy little old lady shopping cart up the stairs to my apartment. But sometimes I do.
I have adult children who are willing to shop for me. But they all have families and jobs and are busy. I would rather find a solution to my problem than to have to call them for help. That may sound strange, but finding my own solutions gives me a sense of staying as independent as possible, if that makes sense to anyone else but me.
Enter, stage right, a non-profit group, established in my area over 30 years ago. Their purpose is to grocery shop for those seniors who need help. They charge a very small fee, based on income, for this service. It is well worth the cost. I signed up.
Every other Monday I call in my grocery order. The following Wednesday my groceries are delivered to my kitchen. They shop the same store where I usually shop, so I am familiar with the products. I can order up to $200. worth of groceries each time. The same person will deliver my groceries each time, so I won't have a parade of strangers in and out. I write a check for the amount on the receipt plus the fee at the time of delivery. Easy peasy.
My first grocery delivery was this afternoon. A nice fellow brought in boxes of food, unpacked the boxes and set the items on my kitchen table. I checked off the list to make sure everything I had ordered was accounted for. He wanted to know if I needed help putting anything away, and I replied that I didn't need help with that, thank you just the same. Check in hand, out the door he went with a cheery, "Have a wonderful day. See you in two weeks."
I think I'm going to like this service. Especially when the snow is blowing, the sidewalks are full of ice, the temperature is in the sub-zero category and I'm running low on cat food. Yep. Going to like this a lot.
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