PATERSON, NJ – Paterson officials have announced an innovative pilot program to connect local volunteers with their senior citizen neighbors that may be having difficulty keeping stocked with food during the coronavirus public health crisis.

“In the City of Paterson, we want to make sure our senior citizens are taken care of,” Mayor Andre Sayegh said, announcing the effort whereby senior citizens seeking a meal or grocery delivery are partnered with a volunteer willing to pick them up and make the delivery. “Neighbor Express will allow us, together as a community, be there for one another during these uncertain times.”

The pilot program has been launched out of one senior citizen building and is intended to expand citywide as more volunteers sign up. Anyone interested in volunteering can click here

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Paterson has partnered with Shoprite and Golden Mango in the effort. Shoprite, located at 171 Browertown Rd. Little Falls will make special accommodations for volunteers to shop Mondays and Wednesday from 9AM to 1PM. Golden Mango located at 200 Broadway, Paterson will accommodate shoppers Monday thru Friday from 8AM – 4PM. 

Senior citizens can request deliveries or help either online by clicking here or by calling 973-910-0647. While deliveries can take up to five days, phone lines are staffed 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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