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Woolworths steps up with new care package for elderly and vulnerable

Woolworths steps up with new care package for elderly and vulnerable

Woolworths has introduced a new initiative to help the elderly and other vulnerable people who are currently quarantined due to coronavirus.

The supermarket is rolling out an $80 box of essential groceries that will be delivered using Australia Post and other distribution channels to help get orders to isolated people faster.

The box contains meals, snacks and a few other items, and cannot be customised. Those interested can order it online from this week in the ACT, NSW and Victoria.

Orders are expected to arrive at people’s doorsteps with two-to-five working days and phone support will be available to those who are not comfortable shopping online.

Other states will be added in the coming weeks.

The government has strongly advised those over the age of 70 to stay at home for their own wellbeing as the country’s COVID-19 tally reaches over 4000 cases, with 17 deaths.

The $80 price includes contactless doorstep delivery by Australia Post and Woolworths has said it won’t be making a profit from the service.

Woolworths has recommended those who can shop for their friends and families who are isolated to do so, to limit the demand on the online service.

“There will be some in our community who don’t have that option, and we need your help to put the most vulnerable first,” said Woolworths Group CEO Brad Banducci in a statement on Monday.

The supermarket giant has been offering priority assistance home deliveries since March 13, to help the elderly, those with disabilities and those in mandatory isolation.

Customers can apply for priority assistance by going to woolworths.com.au/priorityassistance