HOUSTON — Several stores are offering special shopping hours and other options for older people who are most at risk of contracting coronavirus.

This is welcome news for seniors who need to avoid crowds, but don't have anyone to shop for them. 

Now they can skip the long lines caused by panic buying and get what they need before the crowds gather.

These are the stores offering help for seniors.

HEB

H-E-B, in partnership with Favor Delivery, will launch a simple, low-cost solution that gives seniors access to their very own personal shopper by phone, allowing them to get essential food and supplies delivered to them, while remaining in the comfort and safety of their home. Beginning on Friday, March 20, seniors across Texas, age 60 and older, will be able to place orders with Favor using a curated list of products available from H-E-B.

H-E-B and Favor will staff its Senior Support phone line with volunteers from both companies to accept and process orders over the phone from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., seven days a week. To access the Senior Support Line, call 1-833-397-0080. Built by the Favor engineering team, this system allows our company volunteers to process orders remotely from across the state. 

Seniors can also place their orders on Favor’s website, or by downloading the Favor app and searching for “H-E-B."  More details here.

Dollar General

Dollar General will reserve its first hour each day for senior shoppers at its 16,000 stores.

Food Town

Food Town says that while they have abbreviated 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. hours to keep stores stocked, they will open from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. just for our senior citizens. You will need a driver's license or another state-issued ID. More details here.  Check store locations.

Target

Target has announced reduced store hours so they can keep items stocked. They are also devoting the first hour of every Wednesday to their most vulnerable shoppers.  Details here.

Walmart

Walmart is changing its hours and offering special shopping hours for seniors who need to stock up on supplies, the company announced March 18.  

Every Tuesday, starting March 24 through April 28, Walmart will host an hour-long shopping event an hour before the store opens dedicated solely for people age 60 and older. Store pharmacies and vision centers will be open during this time, too.

Stores across the U.S. will also be limiting purchases for cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer, diapers, wipes, formula, baby food, paper products, milk, eggs and water.

Whole Foods

Most stores open at 7 a.m. or 8 a.m. depending on location (check company website for hours). Also, "starting on Wednesday, March 18, all Whole Foods Market stores in the U.S. and Canada will service customers who are 60 and older one hour before opening to the public." Most stores in the U.S. close at 8 p.m.