Plainfield employees delivering essential needs to high-risk residents

Plainfield employees delivering essential needs to community

PLAINFIELD, Ind. (WISH) — Town of Plainfield employees are taking on other jobs to help the community during the shutdown. They’re delivering essential needs to people who are at high risk of contracting COVID-19. It’s part of the town’s new resident assistance program.

Brody Boles is a public works employee, but now he’s delivering prepaid groceries and prescriptions outside of residents’ front doors.

“It feels real good to be able to help the community and just being that person that you can be counted on to get something done, get it done the right way,” said Boles.

The program has a call center where other city employees take delivery requests.

The program coordinator said residents have been experiencing slow curbside delivery services from Kroger and Meijer due to the high demand. Employees have been getting food from local pantries to help.

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Town of Plainfield Manager Andrew Klinger told News 8, “Maybe their issue isn’t necessarily is going to get the groceries, but because they’ve lost their job … they don’t have the money to be able to pay for groceries. We have folks who have offered assistance with that. Churches who’ve bought gift cards from grocery stores to help those folks out.”

The governor’s stay-at-home order will soon leave more people at home. The program will continue until further notice.

“We received very nice thank-you notes from one of the individuals that we made a delivery to yesterday, so that’s very rewarding to know that people really appreciate the effort,” Klinger mentioned.

Contact the program at 317-839-2561 or email residentassistance@townofplainfield.com