The Fort St. James Seniors Delivery Service is six months old and going strong.
The delivery service, which brings groceries and prescriptions to the clients on their list, has done 118 deliveries and purchased $4,717 in groceries over 47 shifts. It has also saved clients $525 through discounts offered by Sana’aih Market and Overwaitea Foods.
The deliveries will be continuing until December, and serve 15 self-identified seniors and people with mobility issues in the community.
While the contract for the coordinator position has now ended, the service is able to continue operating through the District of Fort St. James municipal office and is working on plans to possibly deliver for the soup kitchen and the food bank.
“We’re going to take it one step at a time,” said Emily Colombo, economic development officer for the district who has been working with the Seniors Action Committee on the service since the beginning.
Colombo said a survey of the service’s clients indicated all of their clients thought it was an excellent program and was helping to improve their quality of life.
Four senior volunteers do the deliveries, which also then has benefits for them as well, building relationships within the community and gives both the clients and volunteers a social outlet.
The service is looking for more drivers for Monday shifts on a weekly or biweekly basis and those interested in being added to the client list can contact the District of Fort St. James at 996-8233.