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Several grocery stores across the city are taking part in a new initiative that offers senior shoppers a chance to purchase their supplies before establishments open to the general public. Stores are opening an hour earlier and designating the first hour of shopping to seniors who face the highest risk of COVID-19 complications.
Outrage was sparked over social media as the masses have begun to panic buy and stockpile ridiculous amounts of unnecessary stock -- leaving a scarce supply for the rest.
McEwan Fine Foods announced that the first hour of shopping will be dedicated to senior shoppers, who would also receive a 10% discount.
Pusateri's Fine Foods posted on their Instagram page that the store would be opening earlier to carve out a designated time for senior shoppers (excluding Toronto Eaton Centre).
Longo's implemented a community well-being hour from 8 am-9 am for elderly and at-risk shoppers.
No Frills has dedicated shopping hours for the elderly and disabled every Tuesday and Friday from 7 am-8 am.
Panic buying or hoarding food will benefit no one, let our vulnerable community shop in a safe environment by respecting the aforementioned hours.