Coronavirus resources for elder adults03/27/2020

Food Resources for Seniors

Council on Aging of West Florida operates over a dozen senior dining sites in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties, from which to-go meals are distributed Monday through Friday at 11 am. First-time clients must first call (850) 432-1475 by noon the day before they desire their meal to sign up. 

Escambia County is coordinating additional food distribution sites. Please call the individual site to inquire about qualifications necessary to receive nutrition.

Feeding the Gulf Coast - Assists families and individuals along the Central Gulf Coast to provide groceries and meals to those struggling to afford food. Use their website'sFind Pantry feature to locate help. 

Richards Memorial United Methodist church is giving out hot meals to whoever shows up between 10 am and 2 pm, Tuesday through Friday. Call first at 454-7652. 

Farm Share Distributions

Brownsville Assembly of God, 3300 W DeSoto Ave - April 11, 10  to 11 am

NW Florida Community Outreach, 691 A Broad St - April 18 10 am to noon 

Everyday Items 

Council on Aging of West Florida operates a community care closet from which anyone 60 and up can request protein supplements, adult diapers, walkers, canes, etc. Call (850) 432-1475 to ensure availability. 

Restaurant Delivery Options 

The following is a list of companies that deliver food from different restaurants to your specified location (work, home, etc.). You can either download the mobile app on your phone or go to their website online (phone calls are not an option; all services are online only). Payment, including tip and small service fee, is all done online so there is NO MONEY OR PAYMENT EXCHANGE of any kind between you and the person delivering the food! Different companies service different restaurants.   

To utilize, either go to the website noted or download the app from your app store.  

·         DoorDash 

·         GrubHub Delivery 

·         Waitr 

·         CitySpree 

Grocery Store Curb Side Pickup and/or Delivery Options 

The following grocery stores offer curbside pickup and/or delivery options.  

·         Publix 

·         Winn Dixie 

·         Walmart 

·         Target 

Shopping Hours for Seniors 

Many stores are offering specified shopping hours for seniors. The list is constantly changing so it is recommended you Google: COVID-19 Shopping for Seniors to see if there are any updates: 

·         Dollar General: The first hour of operation is reserved for seniors. Call your local store to find out opening times. 

·         Fresh Market: Anyone 65 and older can shop from 7 to 8 am. 

·         Publix: Anyone 65 and older can shop on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 7 to 8 am. 

·         Target: Stores are reserving an hour on Wednesdays for "vulnerable shoppers." Call your local store to find out exact hours.

Walgreens: Every Tuesday, starting Tuesday, March 24 (through April 28), is now Seniors Day with all-day discounts and seniors-only shopping from 8 to 9 a.m. (and now open one hour earlier on Tuesdays for 60 and older to shop).

·         Walmart: Every day from 7 to 8 am is reserved for elder shoppers and those at highest risk for complications from COVID-19.

·         Whole Foods Market: Stores open one hour early for 60 and older to shop. Call your local store for exact hours.

·         Winn-Dixie: Stores are open 8 to 9 am Monday through Friday exclusively to seniors and high-risk customers.


Community Health Northwest Florida’s drive up testing for those needing to be tested for COVID-19 is currently underway at Brownsville Community Center from 9 to 1 Monday through Friday. The patient must FIRST call 850.746.2684 to be pre-screened and evaluated to qualify for the drive-up testing. The patient must be in their vehicle; there will be no walk up testing at this time.


Escambia County Paratransit offers transportation for disabled individuals living in Escambia County. Please call ECAT Customer Service at (850) 595-3228 if you need assistance with a specific route or have additional questions. Updated information will also available on Escambia County Community Transportation will temporarily suspend all paratransit services after 7 pm for weekday and Saturday services.  All medical necessary trips will be honored. Sunday service is temporarily suspended. All expired paratransit eligibility will be extended for 90 days. In-person paratransit eligibility interviews will be rescheduled or completed over the phone.

In Santa Rosa county, the Tri-County Community Council is committed to providing the safest, most efficient, most courteous and reliable services to the transportation disadvantaged residents. Transportation services are available for all who meet eligibility requirements including the elderly, disabled, and those with low income. Some riders are transported for specific purposes by sponsoring agencies. Riders transported under the Non-Sponsored program are charged a co-pay based on the service area of the trip, while others may be charged the full cost of the trip. Reservations must be made no later than 12 noon the day before your scheduled appointment. Call (850) 626-6806. 

Utility Assistance 

  • Gulf Power - Suspending collections through the end of March
  • ECUA - Will not cut off water to your home or business for non-payment. Offering payment plan assistance to those with extreme financial losses because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • COX (Internet) - Offering a low-income internet tier with no annual contract and relaxing data usage overage charges for all tiers until May 15, 2020.

Virtual Support Groups 

The Center for Independent Living operates the Peer Support Group for people with disabilities (including seniors) that will be occurring online on April 7, 2020 at noon. This will be the first time online. People will be able to participate by either calling in or joining on the internet. 

Epilepsy Florida offers education and virtual support group for individuals with a suspicion or diagnosis of epilepsy/seizure disorder. To receive services, contact the hotline at 1-877-553-7453. 


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