On Oct. 8, it was announced that Macomb County will offer a new grocery delivery service for senior citizens. Pictured are Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel and Sheila Coté, director of Macomb County Office of Senior Services.

On Oct. 8, it was announced that Macomb County will offer a new grocery delivery service for senior citizens. Pictured are Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel and Sheila Coté, director of Macomb County Office of Senior Services.

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Macomb County partners with Shipt for grocery delivery

Seniors can receive free one-year membership

By: Alex Szwarc | C&G Newspapers | Published October 15, 2020

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MACOMB COUNTY — Local senior citizens can now avoid shopping centers amid a pandemic, thanks to a new program.

On Oct. 8, it was announced that Macomb County will offer a grocery delivery service for senior citizens.

Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel was joined by Sheila Coté, director of Macomb County Office of Senior Services, to discuss the new partnership between the Macomb County Office of Senior Services and Shipt, an online grocery delivery service.

“The partnership, which is the first of its kind between Shipt and a senior services agency, will allow Macomb County to offer residents over the age of 60 a free, one-year membership to the delivery service,” a press release from the county states.  

The program is called “Shipt for Seniors.”

A press conference was held outside at a parking lot in Clinton Township, with a Meijer store in the backdrop.

“With flu season coming and not knowing what the future holds with COVID, this is a great opportunity to keep our seniors safe in Macomb County,” Coté said.

The news release states that the goal is to reduce virus exposure risk for seniors by having groceries delivered directly to their homes.

Coté said when the pandemic began, the office reached out to seniors to see how they were doing.

“A majority said they needed groceries, hand sanitizer and toilet paper,” she said. “Out of those calls spawned this idea.”

Shipt provides same-day grocery delivery from local stores via a community of reliable shoppers.

“When a membership is activated, a user can order groceries — through Shipt’s app or website using either their phones or computers — and Shipt will deliver the order straight to the user’s home. Shipt memberships will be provided to Macomb County residents on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last,” the release states.

Hackel said Macomb County has one the fastest growing senior populations.

“About 200,000 of our population are seniors,” he said.

Participating stores include Meijer, CVS,Target and more. Kroger is expected to be on board in the future.

When signing up for the program, people can look online to see what other stores are available to utilize in the area.

Funding for the program is available through the CARES Act from the federal government.

“We’re fortunate to have CARES dollars to be able to do this,” Hackel said.

The first wave of memberships cost about $135,000 of CARES money.

Coté said the county purchased 2,500 memberships from Shipt.

Hackel added that Coté reached out to Shipt and asked if there was a way to join.

“Normally, there is a fee to join. She got it for a reduced price at about $49 a membership,” Hackel said.

If grocery orders are more than $35, Hackel said, the cost of shipping will be covered. For orders less than $35, there will be a $7 fee.

“We’re proud to partner with Macomb County to make it easy for seniors to skip the store and get groceries brought right to their door,” said Eric Stoner, Shipt business partnerships director. “For seniors staying home during this uncertain time, a Shipt shopper can search the aisles for them and help ensure they have fresh food and household essentials.”  

Individuals interested in signing up for a Shipt membership can reach the Macomb County Office of Senior Services by calling (586) 469-5228 Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

A redemption code will be mailed with specific instructions regarding how to enroll.

The deadline to apply for the program is Nov. 10.

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