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The Real MVP: This Woman Does Grocery Shopping For The Elderly So They Can Avoid Coronavirus

In the best of times, it can be difficult for senior citizens to go grocery shopping. Add a pandemic that specifically threatens the elderly and immunocompromised, and there’s a real risk the elderly won’t be able to access food without help. That’s where Becky Hoeffler comes in.

Becky Hoeffler, a Durham, North Carolina resident, is now working at home—which leaves her with some more time to go to the grocery store. But she’s not stockpiling for herself, she’s shopping for her elderly neighbors in her area.

“The idea actually came about when I called my grandfather the other day,” Hoeffler said.

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“He told me, ‘I’m on my way to the grocery store’ and I was just kind of concerned because he’s 91 and I thought, ‘Is there a reason you have to go to the grocery store?'”

“So that’s what made me think, maybe I can go grocery shopping for others since I do live in a community that has several senior citizen neighbors,” she added.

Hoeffler put up a flyer in her neighborhood to let folks know she is happy to do grocery shopping for those who are at risk and she is not expecting anything in return.

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She wants to keep her elderly neighbors healthy and safe—and away from crowds in order to minimize their chance of exposure to coronavirus.

“I think being able to help people and being able to help your neighbor is one of the most American things that you can do,” she said. “I think utilizing people power is one of the best ways that we can combat the virus.”

Patricia Grisafi

Written by Patricia Grisafi