Erath County United Way and Meals on Wheels of Erath County are partnering together to provide grocery shoppers for senior citizens who are unable to go to the grocery store themselves.

“We were trying to project what our needs would be and that was one of the needs that we thought may come up,” said Elizabeth Johnson, director of Meals on Wheels. “We want to make sure that we are keeping our senior citizens safe. We have some volunteers that have offered to go to the store and do their shopping for them.”

Johnson said there are currently 10 volunteers who are specific to this purpose and that each volunteer performs a no-contact delivery.

“They bring the food, knock on the door, make sure they see the person, step back six feet, let the person bring the groceries in and then take care of whatever they need to take care of,” she said.

Johnson said volunteers are using safe practices like hand washing and using hand sanitizer that they can use between each delivery. She said Meals on Wheels also sanitizes all of their delivery equipment twice a day.

“We want to make sure we’re keeping our clients and our volunteers very safe,” she said. “We’re looking at every action that we’re taking with the coronavirus and we want to make sure that we’re doing everything we can to keep from spreading anything. We want to make sure that [the seniors] are staying safe and our volunteers are safe.”