Woolies solves a big loo roll issue
Panic buying amid coronavirus quarantine fears has seen shoppers strip supermarkets shelves bare.
It's a situation that's caused widespread shortages of essentials like toilet paper, and adversely affected some of the most vulnerable members of the community: the elderly.
To help those who may be struggling, supermarket chain Woolworths has launched an initiative in partnership with Meals On Wheels to ensure everyone receives deliveries of loo roll.
The supermarket giant is working with the charity in New South Wales through their network of volunteers to hand-deliver a four-pack, along with meals, to those who need help.
"Due to the unprecedented demand on certain products in our stores, we've heard that many elderly and vulnerable people in the community are missing out on items they may need when they shop," said Woolworths Supermarkets Managing Director, Claire Peters.
"While we'll continue to do our very best to continue restocking our stores, we encourage all Australians to be mindful of those in your community at this time who might need help and ensure that we continue to support each other."
The first delivery of toilet paper was made this morning to a Meals on Wheels branch in Tuggerah, on the central coast, New South Wales.
More deliveries across New South Wales are expected to follow next week.
Meals on Wheels CEO Les MacDonald said was Woolies was "lending a helping hand".
"We have an amazing network of local Meals on Wheels staff and volunteers who can make small, but important initiatives like these possible in challenging times - and we truly do deliver 'more than just a meal.'"
This week shopper demand has seen Woolworths announce tighter shopper restrictions in a bid to stem the flow of panic buying.
In addition to current limits on toilet paper, hand sanitiser and bulk packs of rice, the supermarket giant is imposing limits on tissues paper towels, serviette and wipes.
Customers are now limited to a two-pack purchase per shop of tissues, paper towel, serviettes, wipes and toilet paper.
Hand sanitiser is limited to two units per shop while bulk rice purchases (2kg and upwards) is limited to one pack per shop.
Coles and Aldi have also limited loo rolls to one pack per person.