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Grocery Shopper Program

We are dedicated to ensuring that our most vulnerable community members are able to get the food they need as they shelter in place. We are serving fixed-income seniors age 60+ as well as health compromised older adults 55+. If you're not a senior but are still vulnerable to COVID-19, you can contact us to learn about other grocery shopping programs in Santa Cruz County.

Our volunteers are vetted and trained to take grocery orders and methods of payment from local seniors, purchase groceries from local retailers on behalf of the senior, and deliver the groceries to senior homes using social distancing practices.

Watch Our Program Video

Do you want to get a better sense of how this whole process works? Join our volunteers on a short visual journey of the grocery process from start to finish.  A huge thank you to our volunteers and participants for sharing their experience with us. Since the inception of this project, ~120 volunteers have helped serve ~150 vulnerable older adults in need and have delivered over 10,000 bags of groceries!

Get Grocery Shopping Help

If you're a low-income senior who's 60 or older, or an adult 55+ with a medical condition that makes you vulnerable to COVID-19, we can connect you with a volunteer grocery shopper. Call our Grocery Shopper Program Hotline to learn more and a staff member or dedicated volunteer will reach out to you as soon as possible. If we are not able to serve you with our program, we will refer you to another local service.

Call the Grocery Shopper Hotline: 831-427-3435

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Volunteer as a Grocery Shopper

Are you doing weekly shopping for your household? We invite you to help a senior at the same time by serving as a volunteer grocery shopper. We are recruiting healthy volunteers to shop for isolated seniors so they can remain safely at home. All volunteers will receive a safety training and will be background checked. Please Note:  background checks can take up to 1 week to complete.

Express Interest  View Our Volunteer Resources


Refer Your Clients To Our Program

We are working with our trusted Senior Programs partners to identify those vulnerable low-income seniors most in need of this service.

If you are are a Senior Programs Coordinator, Caseworker, Healthcare Provider, or nonprofit advocate for seniors we invite you to complete our intake form for your clients. We will respond within one business day to your request.

Request Services For Your Client


View Senior Only Shopping Locations

Santa Cruz County Grocery Stores have established special hours for the seniors in our community to shop in a senior friendly environment in order to minimize your exposure.

View the Locations & Hours for Senior Only Shopping 


Donate to the Shopper Program

We are able to meet this critical need for our most vulnerable seniors with the help of local donors. Please help us keep our seniors safe by making a donation to sustain this service as we shelter in place.

Donate to the Grocery Shopper Program

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