Find information on grocery stores, food assistance, volunteering and donating, crisis services, and more.
Grocery Stores Grocery stores are open; they are exempt from Governor Carney’s closing of nonessential businesses issued March 22, 2020. Many have special shopping hours for seniors and other vulnerable populations and/or have adjusted their store hours. More information available at the Delaware Food Industry Council’s website.
Grocery StoresGrocery stores are open; they are exempt from Governor Carney’s closing of nonessential businesses issued March 22, 2020. Many have special shopping hours for seniors and other vulnerable populations and/or have adjusted their store hours. More information available at the Delaware Food Industry Council’s website.
Grocery stores with adjusted hours and dedicated shopping for elderly or those who are immunocompromised
- Special: 7 a.m.-9 a.m. Monday-Friday for elderly, pregnant women and immunocompromised persons
- Adjusted: Individual stores may have changed overall hours
- Special: No senior shopping hours
- Adjusted: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. to allow for restocking and cleaning stores
- Note: Individual stores may have more limited hours or be closed entirely
- Special: 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. daily senior shopping
- Special: 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for senior shopping
- Special: 7 a.m. – 8 a.m. on Monday and Wednesday for senior shopping
- Adjusted: Individual stores may alter hours
- Special: 8 a.m.-9 a.m. Monday-Friday for senior and vulnerable populations
- Special: 6-7 a.m. for senior shopping
- Special: Seniors, first responders, vulnerable groups and caregivers can call 302-654-9941 to place orders and it will be delivered to you curbside
- Adjusted: Hours are 8 a.m.- 8 p.m. to allow for restocking and cleaning
- Phone orders: Call 302-674-3080 at 7 a.m. and place an order to pick up
- Adjusted: Hours are 6 a.m.-9 p.m. to allow for restocking and cleaning
- Special: 7 a.m.- 9.am. Monday-Friday for elderly, pregnant women and immunocompromised persons
- Adjusted: Individual stores may alter overall hours
- Special: 6 a.m.-7 a.m. daily senior shopping
- Adjusted: Shop at home delivery service; curbside pick-up
- Special: First hour each Wednesday for seniors and vulnerable populations
- Adjusted: Closing by 9 p.m. daily (or earlier for certain stores) to allow for restocking and cleaning
- Adjusted: 6 a.m.-11p.m. hours for 24-hour stores to allow for cleaning and restocking
- Special: No senior shopping hour
- Adjusted: 7 a.m.- 9 p.m. new store hours
- Note: Discontinued online ordering with curbside pick-up
- Special: 6 a.m.-7 a.m. daily for senior shopping
Share this video on grocery store special hours for vulnerable people (updated March 20, 2020)
Food Assistance Programs like Meals on Wheels, Delaware 2-1-1, and General Assistance continue to operate
Food AssistancePrograms like Meals on Wheels, Delaware 2-1-1, and General Assistance continue to operate
Continues to serve hot, nutritious meals to vulnerable Delawareans.
United Way’s Delaware 2-1-1 hotline and website provides links to critical services, including food needs
Contact: Dial 2-1-1 or dial 1-800-560-3372; text your Zip code to 898-211
Student Meal Programs Find local student meal sites throughout the state, offering meals for students.
Student Meal ProgramsFind local student meal sites throughout the state, offering meals for students.
Delaware Department of Education
To assist Delawareans facing financial hardships as a result of the COVID-19 health crisis, the Delaware State Housing Authority created the Delaware Housing Assistance Program (DE HAP). The program provides emergency housing assistance to renters affected by shutdowns, closures, layoffs, reduced work hours or unpaid leave due to the COVID-19 health crisis.
Households are eligible for up to $1,500 in assistance, with payments made directly to the property owner or utility company.
To be eligible for DE HAP, applicants must reside in Delaware and have a maximum household income at or below 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI) for the county in which they reside. The applicant must also provide documentation showing an impact on their employment or income beginning March 10, 2020 or later that is attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes such instances as a layoff, reduced work hours or needing to take unpaid leave due to childcare or other issues arising as a result of the health crisis.
Income eligibility per county is as follows:
|80% of County Area Median Income (AMI)|
|1 person||2 person||3 person||4 person|
View Frequently Asked Questions on DE HAP.
Learn more from the Delaware State Housing Authority.
Governor Carney’s sixth modification to his State of Emergency declaration:
- Prevents landlords from evicting Delawareans from their homes during this crisis.
- Prevents landlords from charging late fees or interest during the State of Emergency.
- Prevents lenders from commencing foreclosures during this period. Residential mortgage foreclosures that began prior to Governor Carney’s State of Emergency declaration will not move forward until the 31st day following the termination of the Governor’s emergency declaration, at the earliest.
- Prevents residential utility service companies from terminating service or charging fees for late payments for services.
Volunteer and Donate
Volunteer and Donate
United Way has launched a host of initiatives to help those in need:
United Way Volunteer Portal: Helps coordinate outreach and resources to those in need. Also find volunteer opportunities such as food distribution
Delaware Does More: COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund: Raising funds to address immediate needs
Delaware 2-1-1: Provides links to critical services, from housing and shelter information to transportation resources. Contact: 2-1-1 or 1-800-560-3372; text your Zip code to 898-211
Whole blood, plasma and double red cell donations are critical right now. To help:
Social distancing and other precautions are being taken to ensure donor, staff and volunteer safety. If you are healthy and able to donate, make an appointment online.
Daily blood drive from 1-7 p.m. at Brandywine Town Center Community Building, 4050 Brandywine Parkway, Wilmington. Social distancing and other precautions are being taken to ensure donor, staff and volunteer safety. If you are healthy and able to donate, make an appointment online (use sponsor code “Brandywine”).
These adult behavioral health and child services are 24/7:
Addiction and Mental Health Mobile Crisis Hotline
Northern Delaware: 1-800-652-2929
Southern Delaware: 1-800-345-6785
New Castle County: 800-652-2929
Kent and Sussex Counties: 800-345-6785
Call 1-800-292-9582 or report online at iseethesigns.org
Child Priority Response Hotline (mental health or substance abuse)
New Castle County
Kent & Sussex Counties
Bilingual English / Spanish
Bilingual English / Spanish
Limited to those receiving military medical benefits and their dependents.
Crisis Text Line: Text DE to 741741
Child Priority Response services are available to any child physically present in the state who is under the age of 18 and is determined to be “at imminent danger to self or others as a result of a mental health or substance abuse disorder”
Toll Free Hotline: 1-800-VICTIM-1
The Victim Service staff is prepared to assist victims, witnesses and families.
All medical personnel — including out-of-state, retired, or inactive — who wish to volunteer to assist Delaware’s response to COVID-19 should sign up through the Delaware Medical Reserve Corps (DMRC). Go to the ServDE link – which is the State’s emergency response database-and create a profile. You will be contacted by a DMRC representative. Providing complete contact and license information will expedite verifying your credentials. Questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Delawareans can file for unemployment benefits online.
For questions contact: email@example.com or 302-761-8446
Unemployment benefits are available to individuals who are unemployed through no fault of their own. If an employer must shut down operations and no work is available, individuals may be eligible for unemployment benefits if they meet the monetary criteria. Employees who are working reduced hours may be eligible and must report their gross wages at the time they are earned, not paid. Delaware makes no distinction between part time and full time employees who are completely unemployed.
Comcast has increased access to Internet Essentials. Read more about the initiative and qualifications here. To sign up visit the Internet Essentials website or call 1-855-846-8376 for English and 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish.
COVID-19 Guidance for Delaware’s Amish Communities (updated 3/30/20)
For Non Profits
The Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement has resources for nonprofits on their website.