From Wednesday 18 March, Coles supermarkets will launch a dedicated "Community Hour" in all supermarkets to improve access to essential groceries for the elderly and disadvantaged, during this time of unprecedented demand.
Coles supermarkets will temporarily change their trading hours to open 7am to 10pm on weekdays, with the first hour of trade open exclusively to customers who hold a government-issued Pensioner Concession Card, Commonwealth Seniors Health Card, Companion Card and Health Care Card^. Once this hour is complete, all other customers will be invited through the doors to complete their grocery shop.
If elderly or vulnerable people are unable to get to a supermarket to buy essential items, they can also log on to Foodbank's website to find a local charity or service nearby.
Foodbank provides food relief for 2500 agencies across Australia with deliveries of items such as toilet paper, tissues and pantry staples to people in need.
^these arrangements will be reviewed as necessary.
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