The North Coast CO-OP is one of several local grocery stores offering specail hours for seniors. | File photo

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As today’s shelter-in-place order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 prompts people to self-isolate, the community is stepping up to help seniors and other high-risk individuals to avoid potential exposure to the virus.

Here is a list of some places offering special services or hours during this time.  It seems worth noting that, even with special hours for grocery stores, seniors and those with compromised immune systems may want to have someone shop for them if possible.

Grocery Stores

North Coast CO-OP  — Arcata, Eureka

Every day of the week, the hour of 7 to 8 a.m. is reserved for senior shoppers only.

The Co-op’s temporary hours to the public are 8 a.m to 7 p.m

Eureka Natural Foods — Eureka, McKinleyville

Daily from 7 to 8 a.m is reserved for senior shoppers.

Wildberries — Arcata

“Elder hour” from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. every day. Ten percent off for seniors during this time, as well as all day Wednesday.

Safeway — Arcata, Eureka, McKinleyville

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 9 a.m is reserved for senior citizens and other at-risk community members such as pregnant women or people with compromised immune systems.

Check specific locations for temporary store hours.

Target — Eureka

Wednesdays from 8 to 9 a.m reserved for seniors and those with medical conditions. 

Costco — Eureka

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 to 9 a.m. reserved for members who are 60 years and older.

Senior Services

Food For People

Food pantries available throughout Humboldt County. 

Food delivery service offered for seniors, ill or disablied individuals.

Food For People is calling for volunteers during this difficult time. If you would like to help, you can fill out the online volunteer form.

Humboldt Senior Resource Center (HSRC)

Various services, including meal delivery available.

Take-out meals available at the Senior Dining Centers in Arcata, Eureka and Fortuna. Reservations are required. Find hours and phone numbers here.

For questions regarding any program, call 707-443-9747

For those looking to help, HSRC is not taking additional volunteers at this time. HSRC Director of Communication and Market told the Outpost that the organization is keeping a list of people who would like to volunteer in the future. 

Area 1 Agency on Aging (A1AA)

Rides to medical appointments for existing clients. Grocery and pharmacy assistance for existing clients.

For general senior information and assistance call 707-442-3763.

Meghan Gallagher, A1AA information and assistance manager, told the Outpost that the agency is only able to offer services to existing clients at this time. But, depending on the availability of staff pending the  shelter- in-place order, the agency is hoping to offer services to other seniors in the community soon.

A1AA is not able to take on additional volunteers at the moment, Gallagher said, as the agency does not have the resources to vet people quickly enough. A great way to help seniors right now is by contacting those who are close to you and seeing if they need anything, Gallagher said.

“Check in on your neighbors,” Gallagher said. “Chances are there are at least one or two seniors who live near you.”