Resources for Seniors
The CDC has published helpful guidelines for seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic. These guidelines can be found here.
Seniors with limited internet access can call 211 to speak with an operator, who can share nutrition and food assistance information based on their address. If you have internet access, visit 211virginia.org. For additional information, you can also text “food” or “comida” to 877-877.
Social Security Offices
For the safety of our community, local Social Security offices will only be able to provide services over the phone or online. To find your local Social Security office’s phone number, please click here. The Social Security Administration recommends that you create a My Social Security account to access online services such as obtaining benefits, applying for retirement, disability, and Medicare benefits, or requesting a replacement Social Security card. You can click here to create your account.
On April 1, the U.S. Department of Treasury announced that Social Security recipients who typically do not file tax returns will receive a $1,200 payment.
The following websites may be useful to both you and members of the public:
- Social Security Administration – www.ssa.gov
- Coronavirus (COVID – 19) updates - https://www.ssa.gov/coronavirus
- Office of Legislation and Congressional Affairs - www.ssa.gov/legislation/index.html
- Congressional Statistics by State - www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/factsheets/cong_stats/’
- Reposturing plan - https://www.ssa.gov/coronavirus/assets/materials/ssa-covid-19-reposturing-plan.pdf
- Filed office locator - https://secure.ssa.gov/ICON/main.jsp
- Program Fact Sheets - www.ssa.gov/legislation/2020Fact%20Sheet.pdf
- Frequently Use Brochures - www.ssa.gov/legislation/resources.html
Senior Hours at Grocery Stores
All Albertsons locations will reserve every Tuesday and Thursday from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. for seniors and at-risk shoppers.
On Tuesdays and Thursdays, Aldi will open at 8:30 a.m. and reserve the first hour of business for vulnerable shoppers.
BJ’s Wholesale Club
BJ’s Wholesale Club locations in Virginia offer senior hours for ages 60 and better 8-9:00 am, M-SAT
On Monday through Friday, Costco is designating 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. as a shopping hour for senior customers.
Dollar General will designate the first hour of business for senior shoppers every day. For most Dollar General locations, this will be at 8 a.m., although others open at 7 a.m.
Dollar Tree will designate the first hour of business for senior shoppers every day. For most Dollar Tree locations, this will be at 8 a.m.
Family Dollar will designate the first hour of business for senior shoppers every day. For most Family Dollar locations, this will be at 8 a.m.
Food Lion is allocating 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays for seniors aged 60 and above.
Fresh Market is setting aside 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Monday through Friday for senior shoppers and people most at-risk.
Harris Teeter is designating 6 a.m. through 8 a.m. every Monday and Thursday for people aged 60 and older. ExpressLane online shopping pick-up times from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. are also available for seniors every Thursday.
Sam’s Club is reserving 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays for seniors and at-risk customers.
Target is allocating the first hour of shopping on Tuesdays for the most at-risk customers. These include people age 65 and above, pregnant women, or those defined by the CDC as vulnerable. The first hour of business is 8 a.m. at most Target locations in Coastal Virginia.
Trader Joe's is dedicating the first hour of operation every day for customers above the age of 60 and customers who need assistance while shopping. Depending on the Trader Joe's location, this will either be at 8 a.m. or 9 a.m.