COVID-19: Support for Seniors

1.  Grocery shops with Special Hours for seniors 65+ and other vulnerable populations (generated by The 519 on Apr 5, 2020)

  • Eataly: 8-9 am
  • Food Basics: First hour of opening (7-8 am, may vary by some locations)
  • FreshCo: First hour of opening (hours vary by location)
  • Loblaws: First hour of opening (hours vary by location)
  • Longo’s: Community well-being hour (8-9 am)
  • No Frills Franshises: Check with individual stores to confirm hours
    • Anthony’s in Parkdale: 8-9 am on Tue & Thu
    • Joe’s on Dufferin: 7-8 am on Tue & Thu
    • Sam & Nancy’s in North York: 7-8 am on Tue & Thu
    • Joseph’s on Kingston Rd: 7-8 am on Tue & Thu
    • Ashley’s in Mississauga: 7-8 am on Thu & Fri
    • Mike’s in Woodbridge: 8-9 am on Thu & Fri
    • Vince’s in Vaughan: 7-8 am on Tue & Fri
    • John’s in Nobleton: 7-8 am on Thu & Fri
  • Pusateri’s: 7-8 am
  • Rexall Drugstore – For those over 55** First hour of opening + 20% off Advantage 55 Discount until 10 am daily
  • Shoppers Drug Mart: First hour of opening (hours vary by location)
  • Sobeys: First hour of opening (hours vary by location) + 20% off Seniors Discount during these times

2.  Food Hamper Delivery (City of Toronto)

If you are over 70 and meet below conditions, contact Red Cross (1-833-204-9952) to receive food hamper to your home.

  • Self-isolating due to COVID-19
  • Have no alternative access to food (via family, friends, availability from another food delivery services)
  • Currently not receiving such assistance from another community food program

3.  Grocery Delivery Service

3-a.  Friendly Neighbour Hotline (UHN)
Friendly Neighbour Hotline (UHN)
Seniors who live in low-income housing can call the hotline for delivery of up to 8 items of grocery or other essential household items: 1-855-581-9580

3-b.  North York Toronto Health Partners: 416-447-5200

Grocery delivery; meals on wheels, prescription pickup, medication assistance & reminders, rides to medical appointments, personal care visits, wellness checks, etc.

4.  Helplines

!! Call 911 if you are facing an emergency !!
4-a.  Toronto Seniors Helpline
Point of access for seniors and caregivers to receive information and access to community, home, and crisis services. It also serves as a referral line to on-call mobile crisis support for seniors with dementia, addiction, or mental illness.

  • Mon-Fri: 9 am – 8 pm, Sat/Sun/Holiday: 9 am – 6 pm
  • Phone 416-217-2077 | TTY 1-844-946-1700
  • Web chat from here (same operation hours)

4-b.  Seniors Safety Line (Elder Abuse Ontario): 1-866-299-1011

5.  Online/Remote Programs

5-a.  Dementia / Alzheimer Care: Virtual Group & Webinars (Alzheimer Society Toronto)
Alzheimer Society Toronto

5-b.  Senior Social / Recreational Programs (Sprint Senior Care)
Contact / Register at April Powell at 416-481-0669 ext.1287 /
◎ Creating Connections: Tue 3-4 pm & Fri 10:30-11:30
Free phone-based program for seniors to connect with their peers, socialize, and increase their knowledge on different health-related topics. Registration is required.
◎ Zoom Gentle Exercise Classes: Mon 10-11 am, Wed 3-4 pm, Thu 2-3 pm, Fri 3-4 pm
Free exercise classes through Zoom (video call program) with option to sit/stand for the program. No exercise equipment needed.

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