Tesco Ireland has launched a free deliveries programme for over-65s when they shop online, to mark International Day of Older Persons, which seeks to support the full and effective participation of older persons in the community.
The free deliveries will be available across the country, six days a week from 3 pm to 7 pm, Monday to Saturday, and will require a minimum spend of €50.
Tesco is the first retailer in Ireland to provide free grocery home shopping delivery for senior citizens, a move which was supported by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation and Age Action Ireland.
“It is positive to see an age-friendly initiative that aims to assist older people across the country. This Tesco initiative will be great for older people, especially in rural areas,” said Business Minister Heather Humphreys.
“It also means that not having to spend time shopping gives people more time to spend in their communities. Tesco’s policy is a recognition of that, giving older people the freedom to prioritise family and friends.”
“At Tesco, we believe that even the little things make all the difference so this new extension of our home delivery service helps older members of our community avail of free delivery of their weekly shopping,” Ruairi Twomey said, marketing director of Tesco Ireland.
“This will be highly beneficial especially as we enter the colder months. This way we can be sure older members of our community get the very best food in the manner most convenient to them.”
“Tesco is the first supermarket chain in Ireland to provide this service which will have a real positive impact on the day-to-day lives of older people and offer much-needed convenience, especially for those with limited transport options or reduced mobility,” said the Interim CEO of Age Action Ireland, Anna McCabe.
“It brings a welcome saving of time and money for older people as well as facilitating increased autonomy which is so important for all of us.”
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