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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 stores with adjusted hours and dedicated shopping for elderly or those who are immunocompromised

 

ACME

  • Special: 7 a.m.-9 a.m. Monday-Friday for elderly, pregnant women and immunocompromised persons
  • Adjusted: Individual stores may have changed overall hours

 

Aldi

  • 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

 

BJ’s

  • Special: 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. daily senior shopping

Costco

  • Special: 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for senior shopping

 

Food Lion

  • Special: 7 a.m. – 8 a.m. on Monday and Wednesday for senior shopping
  • Adjusted: Individual stores may alter hours

 

The Fresh Market

  • Special: 8 a.m.-9 a.m. Monday-Friday for senior and vulnerable populations

 

Giant

  • Special: 6-7 a.m. for senior shopping

 

Janssen’s Market

  • Special: Seniors, first responders, vulnerable groups and caregivers can call 302-654-9941 to place orders and it will be delivered to you curbside

 

Lidl

  • Adjusted: Hours are 8 a.m.- 8 p.m. to allow for restocking and cleaning

 

Produce Junction

  • Phone orders: Call 302-674-3080 at 7 a.m. and place an order to pick up

 

Redner’s

  • Adjusted: Hours are 6 a.m.-9 p.m. to allow for restocking and cleaning

 

Safeway

  • Special: 7 a.m.- 9.am. Monday-Friday for elderly, pregnant women and immunocompromised persons
  • Adjusted: Individual stores may alter overall hours

 

Shop Rite

  • Special: 6 a.m.-7 a.m. daily senior shopping
  • Adjusted: Shop at home delivery service; curbside pick-up

Target

  • 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

 

Walmart

  • Adjusted: 6 a.m.-11p.m. hours for 24-hour stores to allow for cleaning and restocking

 

Weis Markets

  • Special: No senior shopping hour
  • Adjusted: 7 a.m.- 9 p.m. new store hours
  • Note: Discontinued online ordering with curbside pick-up

 

Zingo’s Supermarket

  • 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

Meals on Wheels

Continues to serve hot, nutritious meals to vulnerable Delawareans.

Delaware 2-1-1

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

Division of Social Services

Food Supplement Program (SNAP) – Apply online for Delaware’s Food Supplement Program using the DHSS Assist website. Learn more on the Division of Social Services’ website.
Contact: 1-866-843-7212

Student Meal Programs

Find local student meal sites throughout the state, offering meals for students.

Delaware Department of Education

Housing

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.

Click here for a DE HAP application. Applications must be submitted via email to dehap@destatehousing.com.

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
Sussex $40,400 $46,200 $51,950 $62,350
New Castle $50,500 $57,700 $64,900 $72,100
Kent $37,450 $42,800 $48,150 $53,500

 

View Frequently Asked Questions on DE HAP.

Learn more from the Delaware State Housing Authority.

Personal Finance

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.

Find tips for Personal and Business Finance from the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce.

Volunteer and Donate

United Way of Delaware

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

 

Blood Donations

Whole blood, plasma and double red cell donations are critical right now. To help:

Blood Bank of Delaware

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.

American Red Cross of Delmarva

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”).

Crisis Services

These adult behavioral health and child services are 24/7:

 

Adult Protective Services

1-800-223-9074

 

Addiction and Mental Health Mobile Crisis Hotline

Northern Delaware: 1-800-652-2929
Southern Delaware: 1-800-345-6785

 

Help Is Here Delaware

New Castle County: 800-652-2929
Kent and Sussex Counties: 800-345-6785

Report Child Abuse and Neglect

Call 1-800-292-9582 or report online at iseethesigns.org

 

Child Priority Response Hotline (mental health or substance abuse)

1-800-969-4357

Domestic Violence

CHILD Inc.’s Domestic Violence Program

New Castle County
English Only
302-762-6110

The SAFE Program at People’s Place II

Kent & Sussex Counties
Bilingual English / Spanish
302-422-8058

Abriendo Puertas Bilingual Hotline

Sussex County
Bilingual English / Spanish
302-745-9874

Dover Air Force Base, Family Advocacy Program

302-677-2711
Limited to those receiving military medical benefits and their dependents.

Delaware 24-hour Child Mental Health Mobile Crisis (under age 18)

800-696-4357
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”

Delaware State Police Victim Services

Toll Free Hotline: 1-800-VICTIM-1
The Victim Service staff is prepared to assist victims, witnesses and families.

Medical Volunteers

Delaware Medical Reserve Corps

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 dmrc@delaware.gov.

Seniors and People with Disabilities

Delaware Aging and Disability Resource Center

Provides information and resources for seniors, adults with physical disabilities and their families. Visit their website or contact by phone: 1-800-223-9074

Unemployment Benefits

Delaware Division of Unemployment Insurance

Delawareans can file for unemployment benefits online.
For questions contact: uiclaims@delaware.gov or 302-761-8446

Workers should file for benefits on our website at https://ui.delawareworks.com/. Questions can be emailed to uiclaims@delaware.gov File an appeal, request an address change or complete fact finding documents on our claimant portal at https://ocs.delawareworks.com/.
Work search requirements will be waived during the state of emergency for claimants filing for benefits as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.
Unemployment benefits are proportionately charged to each employer based on weeks worked and wages earned in each individual’s base period. Contributory employers could see an increase in their tax rate, which Could result in higher taxes. Reimbursing employers would be charged dollar for dollar for benefits paid, which could result in higher than expected unemployment costs. Employers are able to apply for a rehire credit.
If the president of the United States declares the coronavirus a national disaster, and if individuals experience a loss of work as a result, they may be eligible for unemployment benefits and/or Disaster Unemployment Assistance. If Delaware launches the Disaster Unemployment Assistance program the public will be notified.
In most cases, yes. However, the agency recognizes the burden placed on the health care industry during this time and will waive this requirement during the state of emergency
Delaware will consider this employee temporarily laid off during the state of emergency. The employee should return to work as soon as they are released. If work is no longer available after the employee is released for work or the employee fails to return to work the agency will make a new determination.
Delaware would treat this situation as a temporary layoff. The employee should make every reasonable attempt to preserve their health so they are able to return to work once released.
Delaware no longer has a waiting week. Claimants should submit a weekly pay authorization the Sunday after a claim is filed and every week thereafter even if they have not yet received a payment.

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.

Other Services

Internet Options

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.

Amish Community

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.




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