During this uncertain time, many of us are relying on our community to help us get through it. That’s especially the case for the elderly or those who are immunocompromised. It’s important for these members of our society to stay safe at home, but their newfound isolation makes it difficult to access food and other essential items. That’s why a group of teenagers in California set up Zoomers to Boomers, a website that allows seniors to fill out a list online and have their groceries delivered the next day.
The helpful initiative was organized by Daniel Goldberg, a junior student-athlete at San Marcos High in Santa Barbara. When his school first shut due to the COVID-19 lockdown, he sat at home, feeling frustrated that he couldn’t do something to help. “The first week off school I was just spending time with siblings, and I was trying to follow all the regulations of isolate at home, don’t go out and spread anything around,” he says. “I felt I wasn’t helping when there was help that was needed.”
Daniel felt inspired to do something while watching his father—an ER doctor at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital—put himself before others every day. “I saw my dad (Dr. Brian Goldberg) going into work at the ER every day and he was putting himself out on the front line,” he says. “I was just sitting at home twiddling my thumbs. I was like: ‘There has to be something I can do to try help out in the community.’ I started thinking and brainstorming on how I can help.”
Daniel set up the Zoomers to Boomers website and reached out to his fellow Gen Z schoolmates who became the “Zoomers.” Now with a team of 18 friends, they’re working hard to fulfill the grocery orders of those in need across 10 cities, from Santa Barbara to Malibu. Users must simply enter the items they need through the website, and Daniel and his friends will collect and deliver the goods straight to the customer’s front door. Seniors can settle up the bill by cash, check, or Venmo once the groceries arrive. And if that’s not amazing enough: “No delivery fee or tips are necessary,” say the Zoomers. “We are happy to help.” It’s also important to note that Daniel and his friends adhere to strict standards of sanitation by wearing an N95 mask and gloves.
As of writing, Daniel and his friends have helped over 500 “boomers,” and his business is quickly expanding (or “booming”). Want to help his cause? You can apply to join the team in your city on the Zoomers to Boomers website.
These high school students set up Zoomers to Boomers, an online grocery delivery service for vulnerable seniors who are self-isolating.
The initiative was set up by Daniel Goldberg, who wanted to help the vulnerable members of his community during the current pandemic.
— Alys Martinez (@AlysMartinezTV) March 24, 2020