At 65, Mona Knapp of Fenton is in the age group that is supposed to be sheltering in place from the coronavirus. She is staying home and using her phone as much as she can, but she’s on a mission to round up resources for her senior citizen friends, many of whom have no one else to turn to.
“The elderly, the vulnerable people, what are they supposed to do?” she said. “Many feel lonely and isolated. My heart breaks for the people who have no transportation and are afraid to leave the house. When the elderly get isolated, they fail fast.”
She urges local residents to do more than just check on an elderly family member or neighbor. “Find out what they need and help them get it,” she said.
As of presstime, many local grocery stores are offering early shopping hours during the pandemic for seniors, the disabled and other immune-compromised residents:
VG’s Grocery, Silver Parkway
(810) 629-2627 and North LeRoy (810) 629-1515 in Fenton
Reserved hours Tuesday and Thursday, 7 to 9 a.m. Also, Senior Discount Wednesday, Fast Lane (curbside pickup) at both locations. Delivery is only available from VG’s Silver Parkway location.
Alpine Marketplace, Linden
Senior shopping hours daily from 7 to 9 a.m., curbside pick-up and delivery.
Reserved shopping hours every Wednesday from 8 to 9 a.m., plus drive-up, same-day delivery through Shipt.com and online ordering.
Senior shopping hours every Tuesday from 6 to 7 a.m., plus curbside pick-up and online delivery.
Senior shopping hours from 8 to 9 a.m. daily.
Many local restaurants also offer carry-out and delivery, especially since dining rooms are closed during the pandemic.
There are many resources out there and most are as close as your phone.
Fenton Center of Hope
Food, non-perishables, even coveted toilet paper and other paper products are available for local residents who need them, as well as complete boxed meals up from the FCH’s huge food pantry.
“Every day the need is changing,” said Jennifer Strygulec, co-director. “We’re getting triple the calls for food than normal. Closures and job loss are
going to affect more and more people.”
Strygulec said that they are taking food to anyone who can’t leave their house. “We’re taking applications for people who need it long-term but during this crisis, just call us and we’ll bring it.”
Fenton Center of Hope also needs monetary donations to keep their shelves fully stocked.
Loose Center in Linden
“Loose will be open to distribute a take-home lunch daily at 11:30 a.m. All other programs, events and appointments are canceled the remainder of the month,” Gabrielson said. “(The building) is two-thirds empty. Most of the building is blocked off and has been disinfected.”
Snuggle Sacks – Resources for the Homeless
This Fenton non-profit has placed a “tiny pantry” outside their warehouse at 1495 Dauner Rd., Suite C, stocked with nonperishable foods, toiletries and hygiene products. If you can leave anything for others as well, please do so, invites their Facebook page.
Churches with food and other resources include:
• The Freedom Center Church, 2473 W. Shiawassee Ave., contact JD Wiegand at (810) 629-5261. The church also will run errands for seniors, said Wiegand.
• St. Jude’s Episcopal Church, 106 E. Elizabeth St., Fenton, contact Dave Rayner at (810) 629-5681
• Fenton United Methodist Church, 119 S. LeRoy St., contact Kathy Butts at (810) 629-2132
• The Road Community Church, 301 W. South Holly, Fenton, contact Chris Vitarelli at (810) 922-2088
• St. John’s Outreach/St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry, call (810) 750-0469
• Linden Presbyterian FISH Community Food Pantry, call (810) 735-5755.
• Call your local church or parish to inquire about available services.
Fenton Area Resource & Referral
F.A.R.R. will take applications for assistance with rent, utilities, transportation, medication, etc. Call or go to farrnetwrk.org.
Genesee County Community Care Task Force gcsomichigan.com/
This task force was formed to help residents through the pandemic with resources from food to baby needs, personal hygiene items, transportation and counseling, through a network of non-profit groups and churches. Local partners are Fenton Center of Hope (810) 620-8167 and The Rock Church (810) 629-2444.