With many island residents afraid to leave their house to run errands out of fear of contracting COVID-19, the Piti Mayor’s Office has launched a grocery delivery program to help village residents get supplies safely.
Since last week, the Piti Mayor’s Office has been busy delivering bags filled with everything from instant noodles to milk as part of the village’s Grocery to Go program.
Piti Mayor Jesse Alig says that his office has partnered with PayLess Supermarkets to run the program which involves having a resident fill out an order form to have their groceries delivered to their front door.
Initially, Alig says the program was only offered to the village’s manamko’ but has since expanded to all 1,500 Piti residents to encourage them to stay home.
He also says that this program enables his office to remain connected to his residents in a time of necessary separation.
“There’s satisfaction in knowing that the manamko are happy to see some of our staff and talk to us because at least we know they’re okay. And I’m also happy that they can sound off on us if it’s necessary to help them with other stuff. So that’s also the plus side to visiting them and dropping off their groceries,” Mayor Alig said.
Interested Piti residents can call the Piti mayor’s office at 472-1232 for more information about the program. Because of the high volume of calls he’s been receiving, Alig encourages those from other villages to talk to their mayors about starting a similar program.