With reduced hours and capacity — not to mention empty shelves — we’re glad to hear that many grocery stores are now offering priority shopping for first responders.

Here are the companies and stores that are giving frontline workers and first responders the opportunity to skip lines or access to special shopping hours.

As a reminder, please be courteous to other shoppers and remain six feet apart in the store and in line.


Costco is giving healthcare workers and first responders priority shopping.

All Costco warehouses will give healthcare workers and first responders priority access to shopping during their open hours. This category includes hospital staff, police officers, EMTs and firefighters. Simply show your work identification and you will be moved to the front of the line.


Healthcare workers can skip to the front of the line at Aldi.

Aldi grocery stores are allowing any medical professionals with proper identification to skip to the front of the line of any location to make their purchase.


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Winn-Dixie will extend their hours for first responders.

Winn-Dixie locations, which usually close at 8 p.m., will stay open until 9 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays just for first responders such as police officers, healthcare workers, firefighters, and EMTs. Find a Winn-Dixie near you.



Bashas’, Food City and AJ’s Fine Foods will open early on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Bashas’ Family of Stores will all open 30 minutes early on Tuesdays and Thursdays to accommodate medical workers and first responders. Find a Bashas’, Food City, or AJ’s Fine Foods location near you.


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Lucky, Save Mart, and FoodMaxx stores have special shopping hours for first responders.

The triad of grocery stores — all owned by Save Mart Supermarkets — are doing special hours for first responders at their California and Nevada locations. The special shopping hour is either an hour before opening or an hour after closing, depending on location. Find a Save Mart, FoodMaxx, or Lucky location near you.


Many Brooklyn businesses have fast lanes for first responders.

Brooklyn Bureau President Eric Adams asked community businesses to prioritize checkout for first responders and healthcare workers. The process has already been implemented in New York’s 13 Foodtown and Pathmark supermarkets.


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