General Services



Amesbury Pantry - The Market at Our Neighbors' Table - Join us every Wednesday at 12:00pm for a van ride (cost is $5.00 round trip) to Amesbury to shop (all groceries are free) at The Market.  Along with non-perishable items, they also stock dairy products, meat / fish / poultry and fresh veggies, A 15 minute registration process is required on your first visit. 

Brown Bag Program - Program is currently full.  Please contact the COA at 978-372-1101 to fill out an application to be placed on the "wait list." 

This is a supplemental food assistance program available to recipients 60 years of age or older who must be low income, as measured by participation in (or eligibility for), at least one program for which proof of income is required. Those who are eligibile for the program must complete an application and will be contacted upon approval. Each bag contains perishable and non-perishable food items, and is intended to provide food for about three (3) days. Pick up at the COA is the 1st Tuesday of each month.

COA Van Transportation - The COA has a handicapped accessible van available Monday - Thursday. Cost is $5.00 round trip to Groveland, Georgetown, and Haverhill  and $10.00 round trip out of town. Van does not transport to Boston, although our NEET volunteer drivers are sometimes available for Boston medical appointments. The COA requires atleast two (2) business days notice to book a ride. While every effort is made to provide transportation on date/time needed, this service is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Northern Essex Elder Transport - The COA also offers NEET transportation. This service utilizes local volunteer drivers who will take you to and from your appointments at a donation of .43 cents per mile. NEET is available for medical and necessary transportation by calling the COA office at (978) 372-1101. 43¢ per mile donation suggested.

MVRTA / Groveland "Ring & Ride" Transportation - The MVRTA provides shared ride, curb-to-curb, handicapped accessible mini-vans dispatched by MVRTA (Merrimack Valley Regional Transit).   

Effective July 1, 2015 all MVRTA Ring & Ride for Groveland residents is now FREE. Available to Amesbury, Boxford, Georgetown, Groveland, Haverhill, Lawrence, Methuen, Newbury/Byfield, Newburyport, North Andover and West Newbury as well as the Rowley Train Station and Market Basket in Rowley. This service will allow you to connect to the MVRTA fixed route bus system. Call 978-469-6878 - Option #3 (special services). Brochures are available at the COA office at Town Hall as well as the MVRTA office at 85 Railroad Ave., Bradford MA.

Newsletter - Published and mailed to seniors (and others) every two months. Newsletters are FREE and funded by a grant from the Executive Office of Elder Affairs. "Save a Tree" and call the COA to be removed from the mailing list and access our "news" on this website!

Food Pantry - Groveland seniors are welcome to drop by our pantry to “shop” for non-perishable food items, toiletries and paper products. Pantry is open Tuesday and Thursday from 10am - 2pm. Donations (non-expired items) are always welcome.

Friendly Visitors - Please call the COA office if you would enjoy a little friendly company or know someone who would.

Fuel Assistance - Through Community Action (Haverhill), Joe Kennedy’s Energy Program and local charitable donors.

Hot Meals - Served daily (except weekends) at 11:45 at the West Newbury COA on Main St., West Newbury or the Haverhill Citizens' Center on Welcome St., Haverhill. Reservations are needed 2 business days in advance (by 12 noon) by calling the Meals Program (at ESMV) at (978) 686-1422. Meal charge is $2.00 for those 60 and over. $4.00 for congregate diners under 60. Monthly menu is available at the COA office.

Meals on Wheels are available to homebound elders. Please call the COA office at (978) 372-1101.

Medical Equipment to Loan is available at our office at town hall on a first-come, first-served basis. We frequently have canes, walkers, and wheelchairs.

S.H.I.N.E (Serving the Health Information Needs of Everyone ... on Medicare) - Volunteers are available, by appointment, to discuss health insurance problems and concerns. Assistance is also available for MassHealth applications, prescription drug formulary searches and many other ways to save health care dollars!

Shopping on the COA Van - Each Wednesday from 10am-12 p.m. to Riversedge Plaza (CVS, Market Basket, Dunkin’ Donuts), 9:00am pick up on the weeks we go to Westgate Plaza ... as well as the Bank and Post Office.

S.N.A.P. (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Formerly the Food Stamp program) Applications - The COA Outreach worker will assist you in filling out the short "elder" application. Eligibile applicants receive an EBT card with a pre-loaded benefit amount to be used for the purchase or food items.

FREE AARP Tax Preparation Assistance - Offered February-early April at the Council On Aging offices, AARP-trained volunteers help low to moderate income residents with federal and state tax forms.  APPOINTMENT REQUIRED!

Real Estate Tax Work-Off Program - The Town of Groveland funds $10,000 per year to assist 10 Groveland seniors reduce their real estate taxes. Exchange hours are worked for an abatement of $1,000 (effective 7-1-2018) off their real estate tax bill.  The Veterans' Work Off Program (through the "Valor Act") provides the same opportunity for abatement for honorably discharged veterans.  There is an income ceiling for both programs.  Applications are available in the COA office.

Telephone Reassurance - COA volunteers call elders in need of occasional friendly/positive conversation who inquire about their safety and well-being.