By Lakshita Vohra
With yet another lockdown extension, as we sit and complain in our homes, the COVID-19 frontline warriors are fighting the good fight on everyone’s behalf. In such a scenario, practicing social distancing and doing self-quarantine at home is a must especially for senior citizens. However, essential items like food, groceries, milk, and medicines are so much harder to source if you are older and live alone.
To ensure their safety many NGOs, brands, and even individuals have started innovative delivery platforms to serve seniors, disabled or immuno-compromised citizens. Here we have curated a list of these platforms with their helpline numbers and in which cities they will be delivering, so bookmark them.
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A Mumbai-based startup, Agrif Organic Solutions delivers farm-fresh, organic fruits, and vegetables straight to homes. Amidst the lockdown, they have been working with 500 farmers in Nashik to deliver customer fruit & veg boxes. Wearing N-95 masks and gloves, they practice contact-less delivery to ensure the safety of their customers and staff.
Contact Number: 022-489-71083
Initiated by Bangalore-based entrepreneur, Mahita Nagaraj launched Caremongers India on March 22, 2019 (the day of Janta Curfew). With a bunch of young volunteers, this service delivers items of daily necessities and medicines to the elderly and physically challenged people. Basically, Caremongers caters to four categories- infants below the age of 12 months; people with physical disabilities; senior citizens, and individuals with pre-existing medical conditions.
Contact Number: +919591168886
Locations: Pune, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore, Mumbai, Kochi, Noida Chennai, Mysore, and Trivandrum
Maitri, one of the largest free delivery services for senior citizens living alone in Mumbai started by Project Mumbai. It’s a helpline facility for medicines, groceries, and veggies for the physically disabled and senior citizens. The Municipal Corporation came on board as their partner appreciating the initiative and now they are accepting orders nationwide.
Contact: +91 – 9653330712
Locations: Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore
Grocery delivery platform Milkbasket launched a helpline for senior citizens to assist them with deliveries in major cities like Gurgaon, Bengaluru, and Hyderabad. Milkbasket will assist senior citizens with phone ordering at-home delivery of groceries and other daily essentials. This particular service will provide bulk delivery of groceries to individuals or multiple houses in one go.
Locations: Noida, Gurgaon, Bengaluru, and Hyderabad
It’s a campaign initiated by the #CycleToWork platform, for bicyclists to support all the senior citizens in their communities. The young volunteers go around in their bicycles to deliver essentials like milk, groceries, vegetables, fruits, and medicines. Relief Riders have tied up with the Bengaluru Police’s 1090 Elders Helpine, which routes some requests. Moreover, these volunteers don’t need e-pass as their deliverers are not too far. All you have to do, contact the mentioned riders from your area, check with them for the services.
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Hyderabad-based OBF is a unique app that caters the needs of senior citizens, by providing them access to a bunch of services like delivering essentials, medical care, mobility, shopping, travel and more. Apart from regular needs, this app also offers premium services like concierge and. It’s time to think about your parents and grandparents.
If you know of any similar services then do write to us at [email protected] We would love to spread the word to our readers.