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CHEER Inc. starts "Essential Grocery Shopping Program" to help seniors during COVID-19 pandemic

CHEER, Inc. is expanding its mobile Mini Market program to offer a grocery shopping service to seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Another effort is underway in Sussex County to help seniors in need during the Coronavirus pandemic.


CHEER, Inc of Sussex County’s new “Essential Grocery Shopping Program” seeks to ensure confined seniors have basic food and household grocery staples during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“We found that a lot of our seniors were not able to get out and do their grocery shopping or they were afraid to go out and do their grocery shopping with all the pandemic going on,” said Carolyn O’Neal - the community relations director for CHEER, Inc.“At first, when the centers closed down, we offered transportation once a week at each center to take them to the grocery store. But then we found that the fear had set in and they didn’t want to be out and about around people.”

O’Neal says the program is available from all seven of CHEER’s activity centers in Roxana, Ocean View, Milton, Long Neck, Lewes, Greenwood and Georgetown.

She says CHEER customers can sign up by calling 515-3040. O’Neal says there’s a printed inventory list seniors can use to choose the food they want or need. They then call in and place their order at least two days prior to the items being delivered.


Customers pay for groceries upon receipt - plus a $5 delivery charge.

O’Neal says she currently has two volunteers making grocery store runs.