If you've been to a grocery store over the past several days, you've seen something you've likely never seen in your lifetime, whole sections nearly bare of products as a result of people either panic-buying, or stocking up in the event they can't leave their home for an extended period of time. The problem is, stores are struggling to keep up with the demand which leaves those who need it the most, like the elderly, without basic necessities. But, where there's a problem, there is a solution, and Dollar General has come up with one.

The company announced Monday afternoon that effective immediately they are encouraging shoppers to allow the first hour of business each day to be "dedicated solely for the shopping needs of senior customers." In other words, if you're local Dollar General in the Tri-State opens at 8:00 a.m., wait until at least 9:00 a.m. to give our elderly friends, family members, and neighbors the opportunity to get the essential products they need before you do.

The company's statement also included the announcement that all stores would be closing an hour earlier to allow staff the chance to deep clean and restock shelves for the following day.

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[Source: Dollar General]