UPDATE: Woolworths has been forced to delay plans to offer a Coronavirus 'Care Package' to the elderly due to stock availability and continued high demand.
The supermarket giant announced on Monday their plans to release the package - which was to include toilet paper, pasta and other essentials - on Thursday, but say that 'this is something that we will not be able to fulfill at this time.'
A Woolworths spokesperson tells New Idea Food: 'On Monday, we announced with good intent that we will be putting together an essentials pack for the elderly which is meant to be available from tomorrow.
'Unfortunately due to the continued high demand, stock availability in our stores, and to avoid any disappointment, this is something that we will not be able to fulfill at this time.
'We’d like to thank the community for their understanding during this ever-evolving period and apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.'
EARLIER: Woolworths has announced that it will start selling ‘Care Packages’ to elderly shoppers and those with a disability as the country’s coronavirus shopping crisis worsens.
From Thursday, vulnerable shoppers will be eligible to buy the packs - filled with essential groceries, including hard-to-find items such toilet paper - from the customer service desk at their local Woolworths.
To access the packs, elderly shoppers and those with a disability simply have to show their government concession bard.
Says Woolworths managing director Claire Peters: ‘As you'd expect these packages will include some of the things people have been panic buying, like toilet roll and pasta.’
The 'Care Packages' are available from customer service desks at your local Woolies, starting on Thursday.
It comes just a day after the supermarket announced that it would now offer a ‘dedicated hour’ of shopping for elderly shoppers and those with a disability between 7am and 8am.