A popular fish and chips shop has shown some much-needed kindness through the virus pandemic as aged care residents struggle to feel part of the community.

The elderly population has been significantly affected by coronavirus, with many hesitant to expose themselves outside of Buderim's Immanuel Gardens village.

Takeaway 59Fish has helped spread positivity to the residents by providing cheap meals while they are unable to enjoy a dine-in snack.

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Manager Bryar Whiteman said the Lutheran Services facility contacted the business about the possibility of a drop-off service.

"We came up with a deal for them, so it helped them get takeaway too when they couldn't get out to get it," she said.

As the store adjusts to the change brought by coronavirus, Ms Whiteman said the residents' orders were providing the business with vital monetary support.

"It has helped us, and it's also nice to give back," she said.

"We actually got a letter from one of the residents saying thank you, so it was really cool.

"It was like the first one we've gotten, and I was going to cry."

The handwritten note was sent by Dawn Jericho, who said the act of appreciation was a small way of thanking the 59Fish staff.

"Handwriting notes and letters is still a very big part of my life," she said.

"I'm much more comfortable with a pen than I am with a telephone.

"And when the fish and chips arrived, they were just right to eat."

The handwritten note from Dawn.
The handwritten note from Dawn.

Immanuel Gardens manager Marjory Davie said staff were implementing several initiatives to help residents feel connected during the pandemic.

"Normally the independent living units are actually independent, but when COVID came in and the government was requesting people over the age of 70 to stay indoors, it was one of the things we started to do to try and encourage people to stay at home and still feel part of the community," she said.

"So ringing the fish and chip shop was one of the thoughts we had."

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The initiative was a major success, Ms Davie said, with more than 100 orders placed by residents since the first week.

"We have 93 independent living units, and we had 60 people wanting fish and chips at first," she said.

"We couldn't believe it. We expected maybe five or six orders.

"And the company were really lovely, they gave us all a $10 price and they came and delivered these 60 packs of hot fish and chips."