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Med student develops grocery delivery service for seniors affected by coronavirus

More than three dozen college students in the area have joined in on the mission. Volunteers wear masks and gloves while picking up groceries and during deliveries.

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As health officials urge people older than 60 to stay at home during the coronavirus outbreak, many elderly people have no way to get groceries.

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Jayde Powell, a pre-med student in Las Vegas, decided to take action and ensure seniors don't go without the essentials.

"The problem now is when you go to the store, those items aren't even on the shelves for people to buy," Powell told KVVU. "It's been something I'm focused on, been brainstorming pretty intensely the past couple days."

Powell has developed a program called Shopping Angels, which delivers groceries to the elderly without extra costs or fees.

"When you coordinate with us, we'll tell you the volunteer who is picking up for you so we can get it to you," she said.

"Going to one store could be an all-day affair for an elderly person," one of Powell's volunteers added. "They don't have money to get gas or energy to go to a lot of stores just to find out they don't have the basic supplies to last them for a couple weeks."

More than three dozen college students in the area have joined in on the mission. Volunteers wear masks and gloves while picking up groceries and during deliveries.

"We also don't want our volunteers to go inside the homes," she said.

With staff and supplies in place, Powell said Shopping Angels is ready for seniors or their caregivers to reach out: now or in the future.

"An outbreak of anything is always possible, especially for at-risk populations; they'll always be at risk," she said. "Having something like this ready to go will always benefit for future outbreaks."