Bancroft Community Transit is already partnered with the North Hastings Community Cupboard and CARE North Hastings, but they are adding to their workload with a new service.

Director of Operations at BCT Gwen Coish says they are offering a free delivery service for seniors 55 or older. The service is available to those living in Bancroft, Hastings Highlands, Faraday, Carlow/Mayo, Wollaston, Limerick and parts of Tudor and Cashel Townships. The service is for people who have no other means of getting groceries.

The program is being done with support from the United Way Hastings and Prince Edward. “They have a program currently being funded by their COVID-19 community response fund,” Coish explains.

Deliveries will be done throughout the week depending on where you live. Orders for Bancroft and Faraday will be dropped on Tuesday, deliveries will be done for Carlow/Mayo residents Wednesday, Hastings Highlands on Thursday, and drop-offs for those living in Limerick, Wollaston, Gilmour and others in the Coe Hill area will be done Friday.

“We will send in a shopper,” Coish explains. The person will pick out what was ordered, pay for it and deliver it on the designated day. The receipt will be attached to the groceries and the person that placed the order will have to pay for it when it’s dropped off either with their debit or credit card or by using another form of payment. Coish says they are limiting people to 20 to 25 items. So far, arrangementsĀ have been made with both No Frills and Foodland.

The number to call to place a delivery is 613-334-2385. Coish says to ask for Pauline.

On top of this new program, BCT also works with the Foodbank and CARE North Hastings to deliver goods to people in need in the community.