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To take advantage of the grocery and prescription drug delivery, residents must call in or go online to place their orders at the following locations: Publix at 4480 South Cobb Drive, Kroger at 3240 South Cobb Drive, Walmart at 1785 Cobb Parkway or any CVS or Walgreen pharmacy in the city.
Once an order is ready, residents will need to call Defense at 404-661-6699 or officer Taylor Elliott at 678-816-8396 with the details. They will deliver the items free of charge from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Residents should note that the officers won’t do any shopping or handle any items once they are picked up. Residents must also pay for the items before they are retrieved from the store.
The officers will use disinfectant spray and hand sanitizer, and wear personal protective equipment when picking up groceries and delivering them to residents.
Once at a resident’s home, the officers will drop off the items while practicing social distancing. For example, Defense said one resident he delivered to on Wednesday opened her garage door and the rear of her SUV where Defense placed the groceries.
Between Tuesday and Wednesday morning, Defense said he expects to make several deliveries. Defense said he hopes other communities will take a page from Smyrna's playbook and consider leading the effort to help residents who have had their lives turned upside down by the pandemic.
He also said the initiative is a win-win because it allows residents to follow the shelter-in-place rules and allow first responders to protect and serve the community.
“We are utilizing your tax dollars, in my mind, the most the effective way possible,” he said.
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