CALIFORNIA, USA — Despite scary times, communities and businesses have been coming together to help the people most vulnerable to the coronavirus.

Grocery stores, who have been slammed with panic buying waves that cleaned out their shelves, have joined the effort.

Save Mart, Food Maxx, Walmart, Target, Smart & Final and Nugget Market are among the stores giving the most vulnerable people a better chance to get the supplies and food they need.


Save Mart 

Save Mart will be setting aside every Tuesday and Thursday from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. for higher risk populations to shop.

This includes seniors and other vulnerable populations, like pregnant women and people with compromised immune systems.

Food Maxx

Food Maxx is part of the Save Mart Company, and they'll also be setting aside every Tuesday and Thursday from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. for higher risk populations to shop.

Smart & Final 

The store is opening 30 minutes early from 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. to accommodate shoppers who have disabilities, who are pregnant, and who are 65 and older.

To participate, you need your ID.


Walmart store hours will adjust to 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., with stores opening than 7 a.m. continuing at their regular hours. 

By March 24, Walmart will be hosting an hour long senior shopping event every Tuesday for customers who are 60 and older. The shopping event starts one hour before stores open.


Target stores will open at their regular times, but they will now reserve the first hour of shopping each Wednesday for vulnerable guests, which include seniors and those with underlying health concerns.

Nugget Market

Nugget Market will dedicate store opening to 8 a.m. as designated shopping hours for people 65 and older and guests who are at-risk due to health concerns.

Other efforts

Delivery companies are also making special offers during the coronavirus pandemic. 

  • Uber Eats - Free Delivery
  • DoorDash - Adding more than 100,000 restaurants to DashPass, a subscription which provides free delivery.
  • Postmates - 50% off delivery for orders over $10 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. through March


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