Shelter in place
During a pandemic like COVID-19, officials may ask all individuals to shelter in place for weeks or longer. The term means you will have to stay in your home, only leaving for essential activity.
To prepare to shelter in place activities include:
- Anything essential to you or your family’s health and safety – picking up medicine, visiting a doctor or gathering supplies to work from home.
- Buying supplies for yourself or others, especially groceries.
- Going for a run, hike or other outdoor activities – make sure proper social distancing is observed.
- Caring for a family member or pet in another household.
- Performing work at an essential business, such as healthcare, grocery stores and law enforcement.
Food delivery services
These services may often be seen as a luxury or indulgence, but during a pandemic, they can provide an important lifeline for those in need. If you are following instructions and staying home, it’s important to know that food delivery options are available.
Food delivery apps
A variety of smartphone apps serve major cities and many suburbs, offering a wide selection of restaurants and cuisines you can order online and have delivered to your door for a small fee. Many of these food delivery apps are currently waiving fees to support local businesses.
Community-based food delivery organizations
There are local food delivery services to help those in need.
- Meals on Wheels America provides healthy meals either for free or at a low price.
- City of Phoenix Human Services offers home-delivered meals to Phoenix area residents who qualify.
- Area Agency on Aging offers services, including meal options, for adults aged 60+, and adults aged 18+ with HIV/AIDS, disabilities or long-term care needs.
Many restaurants are now offering curbside pick-up or delivery services in the absence of allowing people to dine-in. Call your favorite local restaurant and order your meal to-go.