Resources for Senior Citizens

Great Community Partners and Local Stores Offering 

Special Hours to Accommodate Seniors and Those Most Vulnerable During COVID-19 Pandemic 

Grocery Stores may change or expand these hours and days to better accommodate seniors

NEW MEXICO- New Mexico’s Aging and Long Term Services Department (ALTSD) leadership acknowledged the wonderful community partners throughout the state who have stepped up to assist our senior and vulnerable populations during the COVID-19 pandemic, including many corporate and local grocery stores that are offering special shopping hours.  Many have adjusted their hours, typically opening early, to allow these individuals to beat the crowds and reduce their risk of exposure, as the virus is more dangerous to the elderly and immunocompromised, and many essential items have been difficult for seniors to find. The early hours have the additional benefit of allowing seniors to shop while shelves are well stocked.

Participating stores include:

Smith’s locations – throughout New Mexico – Opening early on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, from 7:00 AM to 8:00 AM, for 60 years of age and older, including waiving pick up fees for seniors.

Walmart locations – throughout New Mexico – Beginning on March 24 through April 28, Tuesdays (only) stores will open one hour early, for those 60 years of age or older.

Target locations – throughout New Mexico – Wednesdays (only) stores will open one hour early, for those individuals who are elderly or have underlying health conditions.

Farmers Country Market – Roswell and Portales --  Opening early, from 6:00 AM to 8:00 AM every day (except Sundays for Roswell locations), for seniors ages 60 years of age and older.

La Tienda Thriftway – Carlsbad – Opening early, from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM every day, for seniors.

Fenn’s Country Market – Artesia – Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (only), opening from 6:00 AM to 8:00 AM, for seniors.

John Brooks Supermarkets – various locations throughout New Mexico – varies by store, but many including Albuquerque Candelaria location and Santa Fe market to open early on Sundays to serve seniors.  Call your local market for details.

Dollar General – various New Mexico locations --  Opening one hour early every day, for seniors.

Whole Foods locations – throughout New Mexico – Opening one hour early every day, for those 60 years of age and older.

Albertson’s and Safeway Markets – throughout New Mexico – Mondays and Thursdays (only), opening from 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM, for seniors and at-risk populations.

Big Lots – throughout New Mexico – Reserving the first hour of every day for seniors and those most vulnerable to the COVID-19 virus.

“Many older adults already face obstacles in day-to-day activities that many of us take for granted.  In these particularly challenging times, we are grateful to our wonderful private sector community partners who are working extra hours to accommodate these more vulnerable populations for the good of our communities.  They are a bright light and amazing resource as we navigate these unique circumstances,” said Katrina Hotrum-Lopez, Cabinet Secretary for New Mexico ALTSD.

For more information about Coronavirus and its impact in New Mexico, go to

Seniors who need groceries or meals: 1-800-432-2080

The New Mexico Aging and Long-Term Services Department (ALTSD) provides accessible, integrated services to older adults, adults with disabilities, and caregivers to assist them in maintaining their independence, dignity, autonomy, health, safety, and economic well-being, thereby empowering them to live on their own terms in their own communities as productively as possible.

The City of Las Cruces is working to keep you updated on changing information.
Currently, the City’s Food assistance and meal delivery programs for seniors are active and available throughout the City at the following locations:

  • Munson Center, 975 S. Mesquite St.
  • Eastside Community Center, 310 N. Tornillo St.
  • Henry Benavidez Community Center, 1045 McClure Rd.
  • Sage Café, 6121 Reynolds Dr.
  • Frank O’Brien Papen Community Center, 304 Bell Ave.

 Each of these locations is operating in a drive up and take out setting.

To request a meal delivery or meal assistance, call (575) 528-3012
If you are new to a meal program and would like to participate, call (575) 541-2451 (8 a.m. – 5 p.m., M - F).

Transportation assistance programs RoadRUNNER Transit (575) 541-2500.RoadRUNNER Transit is running fare-free until further notice to reduce cash and fare handling.
Please note each highly touched surface is wiped down several times a day for those who do use the service.

All Senior Center activities have been canceled. If you have questions, please call Munson Senior Center at (575) 528-3000.

Dream Center Las Cruces
1400 Sixth Street, Las Cruces (Commodities for seniors & food boxes) (575) 523-1272

Casa De Peregrinos 999 W. Amador Avenue., Suite F(Food Boxes, clothing for low-income families)
Food Assistance hours are as follows:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. (575) 523-5542

National Council on Aging and NISC care about keeping senior centers safe and healthy, and information on how to deal with COVID-19 is critical as the situation continues to develop.


What do Older Adults and People with Disabilities Need to Know about Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)?

With many illnesses, older adults and people with disabilities face higher risks of contracting the disease and/or experiencing complications, particularly if they also have chronic medical conditions. Consequently, there often are additional prevention and treatment recommendations for these populations. That currently is not the case for COVID-19

If specific guidance for older adults and people with disabilities is issued, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) will post it on their page and share it through the ACL updates email service.  In addition, ACL recommends that everyone follow the guidance issued by state and local health departments, and watch the CDC website for the latest national information. 

At this time, CDC recommends that everyone, regardless of age or disability, take the same precautions to avoid illness. These include the following everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of all respiratory diseases, including colds and flu:

  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Staying home when you are sick.
  • Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

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