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Paterson pilot program connects seniors with neighbors who will shop for them

Senior citizens in Paterson can request meals and order groceries that will then be delivered by a volunteer via Neighbor Express, a pilot program announced by Mayor Andre Sayegh on Thursday.

“In the City of Paterson, we want to make sure our senior citizens are taken care of,” said Sayegh in a prepared statement. “Neighbor Express will allow us, together as a community, be there for one another during these uncertain times.”

From left, William Paterson University President Richard Helldobler and Paterson Mayor Andre Sayegh announce a partnership designed to revitalize Paterson through learning, research, and action on Jan. 23, 2019.

From left, William Paterson University President Richard Helldobler and Paterson Mayor Andre Sayegh announce a partnership designed to revitalize Paterson through learning, research, and action on Jan. 23, 2019. – DAVID HUTTER

Paterson partnered with ShopRite, located at 171 Browertown Road in Little Falls, and Golden Mango, located at 200 Broadway in Paterson, for the program.

ShopRite will make special accommodations for volunteers to shop Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and Golden Mango will accommodate shoppers Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Deliveries can take three to five days, but the phone lines are staffed five days a week Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. by a live person who can help answer questions. If a senior resident is without internet access, they can call (973) 910-0647 to access the service.

The pilot program is currently working out of one senior building and will expand citywide once more volunteers sign up.

Gabrielle Saulsbery
Albany, N.Y. native Gabrielle Saulsbery is a staff writer for NJBIZ and the newest thing in New Jersey. You can contact her at gsaulsbery@njbiz.com.