Updated 3/30/20 3:05 PM
This is a very challenging time for the families in Delaware, especially those new to the area. To help, we’ve curated a list of local businesses, nonprofits, and organizations that are offering special services and resources during this time. We will continue to update this resource page to provide you with the latest news. You can also search #ConnectDE on social media for updates.
Please reach out to us if we can help make recommendations or put you in touch with resources directly.
- Acme Markets: Offering dedicated shopping hours to senior citizens from – 7 AM to 9 AM, Monday through Friday.
- Big Lots: Offering senior shopping hours from 9 AM – 10 AM every day.
- Dollar General: Offering dedicated senior hours from 8 AM – 9 AM daily.
- Giant Foods: Offering special shopping hours from 6 AM – 7 AM to those over 60 years old or people with compromised immune systems or other medical conditions.
- Janssen’s Market: Offering curbside grocery pickup for all our Seniors, First Responders, Vulnerable Groups and their Caregivers. Orders may be called in and scheduled for a pick-up time. The staff will bring the groceries to the customer’s vehicle. The Market is open normal business hours and is working to stay fully stocked. Janssen’s Market is a local family-owned and operated grocery store.
- Redner’s: Offering dedicated hours for vulnerable populations 6 AM – 7:30 AM every day.
- Safeway: (Newark – Peoples Plaza) will offer dedicated shopping hours for senior citizens, every day 7 AM – 9 AM.
- Second Chances Farm: Offering a Farm-to-Table package of freshly harvested, locally grown produce and herbs that will be delivered to your home (in some cases to your office) for the next four weeks for less than $25 per week, or $99.95 per month. This offer is only good for residents of New Castle County (above the C&D Canal) and just across the Pennsylvania state line. This offer is good for the first 200 people who sign up.
- Shoprite: Beginning March 20, Kenny Family Shoprite stores will open their doors for those over 60 between 6 AM – 7 AM.
- Target: Offering dedicated hours for seniours, 8 AM – 9 AM Wednesdays only. Order online/instore pickup is always available.
- Trader Joe’s: Offering reserved shopping hours on Mondays from 9 – 10 AM for seniors.
- Walgreens: Offering Senior hour on Tuesday from 8 AM – 9 AM. In addition, customers 55 years and older will get special discounts on Tuesdays.
- Walmart: Offering dedicated hours for vulnerable populations one hour before the store opens. Pharmacies and vision centers will also be open at this time. Check your local store’s hours.
- Whole Foods Market: Offering to open one hour early for seniors (60 years or older to shop). At the location in Glenn Mills, seniors may shop from 7 AM – 8 AM.
- Wilmington, Delaware Restaurants Offering Takeout: inWilmington has provided a list of all the restaurants in Wilmington, Delaware that have expanded their offerings and are currently offering takeout. View the full list here.
- Green Box Kitchen: Accepting online orders for takeout only. Use code “SAVE10” for 10% off at checkout. Open Monday-Friday 8 AM – 2 PM.
- Kee’s Cookies and Cupcakes: Offering lunches to school-aged children in Clayton Delaware (pick up or delivery). Complete this form to order.
- Tonic Bar & Grill: Delivering lunches for groups and encouraging customers to donate lunches. Customers have donated lunches to the Boys and Girls Club and to the Emergency Response Center. This service is an opportunity to keep Tonic staff working and to give back to the community. The restaurant is also offering a Gift Card Promo. For every $100 purchase, you’ll receive an extra $25 for free. 50% of the purchase goes towards helping hourly and tipped staff.
- Washington Street Ale House: Offering takeout “hot and ready” to serve family dinners (family of 4 for $40).
Opportunities to Give Back
- Christiana Care Collections: Christiana Care has two public donation centers for supplies. One is at the Westown Movie Complex in Middletown, the other is at 110 W. Market Street in Newport. See the list of supplies needed here.
- The Food Bank of Delaware: The Food Bank is looking for healthy volunteers to help with the mobile pantries and also for financial assistance. They are seeing increased demand for food assistance and are responding by setting up mobile pantries in all three counties of the state. Check out their website for more info.
- Blood Bank of Delmarva: Due to the cancellation of many drives, the Blood Bank of Delmarva is urging those who are healthy and well to donate blood! They have an urgent need for blood, platelets, and plasma. Sign up to give today here.
- NERDit Now: Offers computer repair work. Moving forward, 10% of all sales that come in will be exchanged for a gift certificate for a locally owned small business. In addition, the associated nonprofit, NERDit Foundation is collecting computers or donations to provide free laptops to those in need. Learn more here.
Entertainment/Recreation at Home
- Delaware Museum of Natural History: Using virtual museum programming to provide an incentive at-home educational experience. From storytime and live animal presentations to discovering the museum’s collections via video, the DHM will surely keep you and your family entertained. Keep up to date on current programs here.
- Engineer Early: Sending out at-home STEM kits for children to play and learn with while staying home. Click here to order one.
- Open Culture: Opened up their archive of 6,000 historical children’s books for free to read online.
- Time Magazine: Time for Kids is now free for the remainder of the school year.
- YMCA Delaware: Offering free online fitness classes for members.
- REvolution Group Powered by Keller Williams Realty: Offering food distribution in Milford, Delaware.
- Brick Works Brewing and Eats: Serving school-aged children free meals Monday – Friday in Symrna, Delaware.
- Milford School District: Offering grab and go meals for students 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM. The meal will include lunch and breakfast for the next morning. Various pickup locations.
- Guzzy-Q Competitive BBQ & Catering: Offering free lunches to school-aged children. They are also rolling out a new delivery service for those who want food delivered at home. Call 508-5742 to place your order.
- My Sisters Fault: Offering a “kids eat free” program for pickup (available for the first 200 children until 3 PM).
- State of Delaware Official Coronavirus Resource Page: Learn about updates, restrictions, and ways you can do to help.
- List of Local Businesses who are Still Open: Includes a map showing businesses you can patronize as the state responds to Coronavirus. Some are fully open, like grocery stores. Some are open for take out/delivery, like restaurants. Others have moved their goods or services online. They’re included, as well, to allow you to #ShopLocalDE,
- Delaware Goodwill Efforts During COVID-19 Outbreak: A list of corporate goodwill happening in Delaware during these uncertain times.
- Dogfish Head Craft Brewery: Partnering with the State of Delaware to manufacture hand sanitizer for the State.
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