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New grocery service aimed at helping San Diego seniors

Posted at 3:16 PM, Apr 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-17 11:53:24-04

San Diego (KGTV)- A college student in Chicago is using this time to help seniors who may be wary about going outside during the pandemic. He started a fee-free shopping service. As the need has grown, San Diego is now offering help to seniors.

Michael Arundel is a Pre-med student at the University of Alabama. While home in Chicago, he decided to help those in need.

“There are a few seniors in my family that were apprehensive to go out or scared to go out,” said Arundel. “So I said I when I get home for spring break, ill shop for you. I’ll shop for your friends.”

Arundel recruited some of his friends in the community, and that’s how he started “Leave It To Us” shopping. This service allows seniors and ImImmunocompromised individuals to stay at home, while college students shop for their groceries.

“There’s no fees involved. All we ask is for the reimbursement of the groceries.”

A college student in San Diego reached out to Arundel about volunteering. The service was expanded to the county.

Leave It To Us is different than other shopping services; for example, seniors don’t have to be tech-savvy.

“If you give our coordinator a call, you’re going to talk to a real person,” says Arundel. “You’re able to tell them your needs and preferences.”

Arundel says their shoppers limit as much contact as possible and use protective gear, like gloves and masks.

To use the service, customers can contact San Diego Chapter Coordinator, Abbie.