Bay Seniors Friendly Neighbour Program offers free grocery and Rx delivery to eligible residents

The Seniors Association of St. Margaret’s Bay is ready to help community members who are presently not able to go out to get their groceries, medications and other pharmacy items because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Association is providing FREE delivery by carefully trained volunteers using the highest standards of safety. This service is available to other community members in addition to seniors, who live in the St. Margaret’s Bay region. Participants will be invoiced at 3 to 4 week intervals, so no cash changes hands and you do not need to have or use a credit card to access the service.

See more information below on geographic area served, eligibility, and safety protocols. And please share this information with others you think may need this help.

The Bay Seniors Friendly Neighbour Program
If you need someone to pick up your groceries,
pharmacy items or medications, we’ll help!

We’re happy to provide this service if you do not currently have someone who can deliver to you, and one or both of these situations apply:
  • You do not have access to transportation.
  • You are not leaving your home at this time.
Our Friendly Neighbour Program volunteers will:
  • Pick up and pay for groceries for you from Sobeys or the Superstore, using a list our volunteer will take from you over the telephone.
  • Deliver your groceries to your door. You will only be invoiced monthly for groceries purchased for you. The shopping and delivery services are offered at no cost to you.
  • Pick up and deliver your pre-ordered pre-paid prescriptions to your door if the service is not available from your pharmacy.
  • Pick up and deliver non-prescription pharmacy items. You will only be invoiced monthly for items purchased for you. The shopping and delivery services are offered at no cost to you.
Our volunteers:
  • Have been carefully screened.
  • Have been thoroughly trained in contact protocols by an expert in the field.
  • Use a full cleaning protocol for their hands, vehicles and other items with which they are in contact during the pick-up and delivery process.
  • Have a full cleaning kit, including gloves, wipes, sanitizer and disposal bags.
  • Will deliver your items using recommended physical distancing.

Because of very limited safe handling supplies (sanitizer, wipes, gloves) and limited funds to operate the program, we must restrict it to the geographic area bounded on the east by Highway 103 exit 4, west to Highway 103 exit 6, south to East Dover and north to Pockwock Road.

For more information or to set up a delivery, please call 902-221-8388 and leave a message.

What Bay Businesses are Offering During COVID-19, and more!

We know it isn’t business as usual for either customers or businesses during these COVID-19 days, but it’s wonderful to see how many Bay businesses are finding creative and careful ways to keep serving our community. Please share all that and more on Discover St. Margaret’s Bay (see specific links below)!

Our volunteer website team is still available as usual to review posts, answer questions and solve problems.

Include the word COVID in your post, as appropriate, for website visitors searching that keyword.

Businesses may self-post in our local directory. Each post allows for your website link and a printable PDF, which may be information on your current offerings, or other information you wish to share.

During COVID-19, we are also encouraging area businesses to describe how you’re still serving the community on our bulletin board.

Are you holding a virtual event? Tell everyone about it on our community calendar.

Our content editor wants your stories for our blog:

News stories should be one or two paragraphs, preferably with a photo or graphic.

Reflections should be personal, not business-oriented, and should capture something you want to share about life in the Bay—why you moved here, why you stay here, your favourite walk, encounters with wildlife, and other stories that make this beautiful area such a great place to live.  Reflections should be 150 to 300 words, accompanied by a photo of the author or an illustration relevant to the story.

Suggested COVID-19 safety for neighbourhood deliveries

Below, in response to requests received to share these, are the safety protocol the Seniors Association of St. Margaret’s Bay uses to provide delivery assistance to members.

The following precautions are suggested to help you deliver groceries, medicines and other urgent needs in a safe manner for both you and the recipient. By avoiding touch and droplets in the air from a possibly infected person (or any person), your exposure remains low when making deliveries.

    1. Before you leave your house, wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, dry your hands with a paper towel, and discard the paper towel in a covered waste receptacle.

    2. Organize your supplies to take with you: new bags that can be fastened, containing latex or vinyl gloves, disinfectant wipes, paper or plastic disposal bags and hand sanitizer to take with you.

    3. Put on your protective gloves.

    4. Wipe down your steering wheel, door handles, gearshift, keys and any other surface you touch in your car.

    5. Proceed to the grocery store, pharmacy, or other designated location, and pick up the order. Wipe your gloves with a sanitizer wipe or hand sanitizer.

    6. Leave the client’s order, preferably outdoors on their doorstep or, if necessary, just inside the door. Ring the doorbell, stand back 6 ft. (2 metres) and wait for the person to pick up their goods. DO NOT GO INTO THE RECIPIENT’S HOUSE OR ACCEPT ANYTHING FROM THEM.

    7. Wipe your hands with a disinfectant wipe when you get back in your car.

    8. If you are making a second delivery, remove gloves using a glove to glove/skin to skin technique: grasp outside edge of first glove near wrist and peel away, rolling glove inside out as you peel it off. Reach under the second glove with your now bare fingers and peel
      away the second glove the same way. Discard both gloves immediately.

      Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, dry with a paper towel and discard the paper towel in a covered waste receptacle or a paper or plastic bag, which you will then fold closed and discard safely.

    9. When you return home, wipe down your steering wheel, door handles, gearshift, keys and any other surfaces you have touched in your car. Follow step 8 above if making another delivery.

Please conserve your supplies – there is currently a shortage of all supplies.

If face masks are available:
Place mask over nose and under chin, moulding the metal piece to the bridge of your nose. Face mask ties and straps are considered clean, and can be touched by hands.

To remove the mask, pull mask forward, bending forward to allow the mask to fall away from your face, and discard the mask immediately .

IMPORTANT NOTE: This protocol has been developed by a health care professional. We share it here as a courtesy to community members helping family and friends. This protocol is not intended to replace professional advice for specific situations. The Seniors Association of St. Margaret’s Bay is training delivery volunteers to the highest possible standard, as outlined here. Even though that standard may exceeds necessary precautions in most situations, we are committed to keeping our entire community, including our volunteers and our members as safe as possible.

PLEASE check with the Canadian government’s official COVID-19 website for more complete guidelines.

April Newsletter

Our April newsletter is now available! Click the cover image below to view or download.

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  • Practical meal tips for those who live alone
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