Loving our Neighbors during COVID-19

[Jesus said,] "This is the most important [commandment]...you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’" Mark 12:30–31

Are you practicing “Social Distancing” and need someone to deliver some items you need like groceries, prescriptions or other items?  

Are you willing to offer pick up service for those in need?

Either way we will be in contact with you to fill in the details.

How Neighbors works

This service is for people who cannot get out for groceries, prescriptions, or critical items.  It is not for urgent or emergency requests, nor for large scale shopping trips.  Volunteers will make arrangements to pick up and deliver items to your doorstep, and will alert you by phone when you can expect delivery. There is no need for personal interaction—our goal is to keep both the recipient and volunteer safe. Payment arrangements should be made directly with the retail store where possible, or on a case-by-case basis.

Available pickup and delivery services, based on what we hear

CVS pharmacies offer free 1–2 day home delivery.

Pharmacies seem to allow others to pick up prescriptions if the patient contacts the pharmacist directly.

Shipt will shop & deliver same-day from CVS & Target.  There is a $99/year signup fee.  We have no experience yet with it to report.

Hannaford To-Go has 'paused'.

Price Chopper Instacart reports a 2–5 day backlog.  Some people have shortened the wait by shopping at Price Choppers in surrounding communities.

Walmart Grocery books only one day in advance, and slots fill early in the morning.

If you have some experience to share: The information here goes out-of-date quickly.  Store pickup and home delivery services are overloaded these days, and not everyone is computer-savvy to use them.  Let us know what has worked for you and what hasn't by emailing Neighbors@SpaLutheran.org or by leaving a message with the church office.

Protect yourself and others

Follow the recommendations of the US Centers for Disease Control.

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