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Teen expands free grocery delivery service to Eugene seniors

PDX Concierge now operates in Eugene, Portland, Beaverton, Clackamas, Bend, Salem and Tigard.

Posted: Jun 17, 2020 10:33 AM
Updated: Jun 18, 2020 3:53 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- A teenager in Portland is on a mission to help seniors in need across Oregon, and his services are coming to Eugene. 

Neel Jain, a 16-year-old student at Westview High School in Portland, began doing grocery runs for his grandma, who has asthma, back in April. 

Jain said he realized the need for such a service was greater than just his family. 

"I noticed how there may be many other elderly people who maybe don’t have the family for support," Jain said. 

He then enlisted volunteers and formed PDX Concierge, a group of teens who "help the seniors and immunocompromised who are at risk of leaving their homes to get groceries."

PDX Concierge now operates in Eugene, Portland, Beaverton, Clackamas, Bend, Salem and Tigard. Since its inception, Jain and volunteers have made more than 60 deliveries to those in need. 

“I had some extra time now that school is closed, so I could maybe help some of these folks in my community that need help with grocery shopping," Jain said. 

The service is free and Jain said it's not just about the groceries. He said volunteers also offer companionship for the elderly who may feel isolated during this time. 

Find out how to volunteer or order groceries on the PDX Concierge website.

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