WATERTOWN — In response to the recent outbreak of the coronavirus, Covid-19, various departments are providing Watertown residents with services and programs to assist those in need.   

“Residents should use the town website for any updates or changes,” said John Gavallas, acting town manager. 

The town senior services department is offering temporary, early morning grocery store transportation to accommodate Watertown/Oakville residents that are 60 years of age or older. This service was effective on Wednesday, March 18. 

Those wanting to participate may call the Falls Avenue Senior Center the morning before they want a ride and let the center know which grocery store they would like to go to. 

Participants should call the center from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday to schedule a ride for the next morning. Participants should call the center from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Friday to schedule a ride for the following Monday morning. 

When letting the senior center know which Watertown store they would like to go to, seniors should be aware of the following information. 

Adams and LaBonne’s stores will be open at 7 a.m., riders should be ready for pick up by 6:45 a.m. Stop & Shop will be open at 6 a.m., riders should be ready for pick up by 5:45 a.m.

The bus will be available for curbside service at the Watertown Meat Center. Seniors are asked to call the meat center at 860-945-6328 or email meatcenter@optonline.net to place their order at least 1 hour before pick up.

They must call the order in between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. A meat center staff member will bring the groceries out, as seniors wait on the bus.

Seniors must be ready when the bus arrives. The driver will not wait longer than five minutes. The driver will not return for riders who are not ready.

The driver does not leave the bus, except to operate the lift. Seniors are asked to only purchase what they can carry by themselves. The driver cannot carry groceries into or out of the bus.

The senior bus is transporting to and from grocery stores upon requests made during reservations. The driver cannot take riders to multiple locations.

Those seeking additional information may call the senior center at 860-945-5250.  

The Watertown Public School System is hosting an emergency school closing breakfast and lunch program. 

According to WPS, “in order to provide additional support to our students and their families while schools are closed, we are offering grab and go breakfasts and lunches for our students at no charge.” 

Public school families are allowed one free breakfast and one free lunch per day for every child under the age of 18 living in the household, as long as at least one child attends WPS. 

Children may get these meals between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday and Wednesday during the school closing period beginning Wednesday, March 18. 

Mondays’ pick-up will include two breakfasts and two lunches and Wednesdays’ pick-up will include three breakfasts and three lunches. 

Breakfasts will include a whole grain muffin, cereal or yogurt with a graham cracker, a fruit, juice and milk. Lunches will include a sandwich with fruit, vegetables and milk. 

Families planning on participating in the programs are asked to complete a form that was sent to them via email on Monday, March 16. 

To receive their Grab and Go meals, families should drive up to the main entrance of Watertown High School at 324 French St.

Watertown Human, Social and Leisure Services is asking for donations of local grocery store gift cards and certificates to help families in need. 

They said smaller amounts are great and they can be doubled for larger families, if necessary. 

The Watertown Library Association has announced the following resources for people to use, including www.metopera.org/user-information/nightly-met-opera-streams, www.storylineonline.net, www.beardsleyzoo.org/zoo-cams and stories.audible.com/start-listen

Those seeking additional information, cancellations and other resources may visit the library’s website at www.watertownlibrary.org

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