IMPORTANT - PLEASE READ
The Senior Center offers transportation for seniors to and from the Senior Center on weekdays. In addition, each Tuesday a Senior Center bus is available for grocery shopping and each Wednesday a Senior Center bus is available for retail shopping. This Senior Center bus transportation is available for seniors aged 60 and over.
Senior Center Shopping Policy
A recent review by the Town's Employee Safety Insurance carrier has brought about a small but necessary change to how we operate our shopping program. These changes are being made for the safety and well-being of our three bus drivers.
Three reusable, town, green shopping bags will be issued to each of our shoppers. The bags will consist of two regular and one insulated bag. The bags will be marked with each shopper's name, and we will ask that shoppers bring their reusable bags each time they go shopping on the Senior Center bus. Each shopper will be required to limit their purchases to 25lbs/bag. At major holiday times (Thanksgiving, Christmas/Hanukkah, Easter/Passover), an additional bag will be provided by the driver upon request for the two weeks before each holiday.
PLEASE BE AWARE THAT ALCOHOL IS NOT ALLOWED TO BE TRANSPORTED IN TOWN OF MANCHESTER VEHICLES.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation with this new procedure. If you have any questions about this new policy, please do not hesitate to contact the Senior Center Director, Eileen Faust
Grocery Shopping Tuesdays
Grocery shopping at ShopRite on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month. Grocery shopping at Stop & Shop on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month. Please call the day before by 3:00 p.m. As a reminder, shoppers are limited to three bags each. (5th Tuesday, Shop Rite)
Retail Grocery Shopping - Wednesdays
Subject to change* - please call the day before by 3 p.m. 860-647-3211.
The schedule is as follows:
1st Wednesday - Walmart
2nd Wednesday - Walmart/Mall
***3rd Wednesday - ***Each month we will change shopping location as follows:
JULY @ Trader Joes, AUG @ BIG Y, SEPT @ Kohls/Vernon Circle, OCT @ Trader Joes, NOV @ BIG Y and DEC @ Kohls/Vernon Circle, JAN @ Trader Joes, FEB @ BIG Y, MARCH @ Kohls/Vernon Circle, APR @ Trader Joes, MAY @ BIG Y, JUNE @ Kohls/Vernon Circle and so on....
4th Wednesday - Walmart / Christmas Tree Shop
(5th) Wedneday - Walmart
Bus rides to and from the Senior Center can be scheduled up to 3:00 p.m. on the day before you ride. Rides ARE NOT CUSTOMISABLE. You may call the Senior Center office at 860-647-3211 to schedule bus rides. If you find that you need to cancel your ride with us, please call the office as soon as possible. We appreciate as much advance notice as possible. Thank you.
Dial-A-Ride is a separate service from the Manchester Senior Center transportation.
- The Senior Center only provides bus transportation to and from the Senior Center and for Grocery/Retail Shopping on Tues/Wed. The Senior Center bus transportion DOES NOT GO TO DOCTOR'S APPOINTMENTS, DOES NOT DRIVE OUT OF TOWN, DOES NOT GO TO THE HAIRDRESSER, or any other.
To register for Dial-A-Ride for the first time, call 860-870-7940 between 2:30-4:00 p.m. To reserve a ride thereafter with Dial-A-Ride, call 860-870-7940 between 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Dial-A-Ride provides Saturday trips weekly, except on holiday weekends. Trips to ECHN Medical Building in South Windsor are available every Thursday as needed. Trips to Motor Vehicle Dept. will be scheduled on an as needed basis when at least 3 people request a ride.
Please review our Transportation Policies and Procedures.
Please review our Inclement Weather Policy.