Since May of last year, Carefor Health and Community Services has been bringing seniors to the grocery store in Petawawa on Fridays. While they shop, groceries are loaded up to be delivered to seniors who are housebound. Filling the bus up with groceries are Carefor Driver Larry Graham, Hyska’s Your Independent Grocer Cashier Shannon McEwen and Customer Service Specialist Audrey Leblanc. (Photos by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)
Petawawa Senior Sue Ennis enjoys the Seniors’ Cafe at the Hyska’s Your Independent Grocer on April 5. She excitedly chats to Netty Graham, Carefor’s Regional Transportation Specialist for Renfrew County and Area. (Photos by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)
YIG celebrates seniors; weekly shopping with Carefor
By Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post
Posted on Thursday May 9, 2019
With the help of Carefor Health and Community Services, Hyska’s Your Independent Grocer (YIG) celebrated community residents with a Seniors’ Cafe.
The event was held on April 5 to show their appreciation for senior shoppers. Within the store, an area was set up with tables and snacks as a place to relax and chat among themselves and other shoppers.
Though the cafe was the first of hopefully many, it isn’t unusual to see a group of seniors at the store.
Every Friday, Carefor arranges bus transportation so seniors can enjoy a shopping excursion.
While they shop, the drivers and YIG staff fill orders and gather groceries to be delivered to seniors who are unable to leave their homes.
The weekly trips have been happening since May of last year.
“For a whole lot of them, if it weren’t for this, they wouldn’t get out,” said Netty Graham, Carefor’s Regional Transportation Specialist for Renfrew County and Area.
The grocery shopping transportation program may seem like a small thing, but it gives these seniors many benefits.
“It is part of what we call quality of life,” said Graham. “They get to the bank, they go grocery shopping, they’ve got to do other things.”
It has always been a tradition for the local grocery store to support seniors. That didn’t change when owners Steven and Val Hyska took over.
“It was kind of my vision to bridge the gap between just taking grocery orders over the phone for seniors and taking groceries to them,” said Hyska.
To make this a reality, it required a strong partnership with Carefor and Alice Grenon, Manager of Community Support Services, to guarantee safe transportation.
Now, Hyska estimates that about ten seniors regularly shop on Fridays and another eight receive delivered groceries.
Seniors, as well anyone else, can also use the store’s online ordering system to make grocery shopping quick and easy.