FAIRFIELD — Town residents organized Sunday to bring relief to the elderly and those who can’t leave their homes for fear of the coronavirus.

“These are difficult times,” said Alexis Harrison, a Fairfield local who organized the food drive. “I don’t want to be hyperbolic or over dramatize, but people really are in need.”

The group took donations Sunday from 10 a.m. to noon on the Fairfield Green near the gazebo.

Harrison said she and a few friends organized the food drive after she saw a number of elderly shoppers at the store on Friday. She realized they were likely putting themselves at risk by leaving their home to stock up on groceries.

“I said ‘this isn’t right, we should do something,’” Harrison said Sunday while taking donations.

As of Sunday morning, at least 20 people were reported to be diagnosed with coronavirus in the state of Connecticut, with UConn Health reporting one additional patient. The virus has shuttered schools and public spaces throughout the state, and the governor has ordered gatherings of more than 250 people to be suspended in response.

Organizers plan to donate the food and other items to Operation Hope and other agencies.

They also plan to drive the donated goods to any residents who can’t leave their home for fear of infection.

Besides nonperishable food, Harrison said the group is most in need of cleaning supplies and toiletries, including toilet paper and other paper goods. Basic medical supplies for seniors, such as aspirin or adult diapers are also needed.

She said donations of baby supplies, including diapers and formula, also help.

State Rep. Brian Farnen, who attended Sundays food drive and helped out, asked residents to stay at home if possible, even if they are not at risk from the disease.

He said the group is taking precautions while accepting donations. “We’re doing it outside, we’re being very mindful of social distancing,” said Farnen, a Republican whose district includes Fairfield and Southport.

“We just kind of wanted to step up and do something,” he added.

Harrison said the group has so far gathered about 30 bags of food and supplies. They plan to repeat the event every Sunday starting at 10 a.m. for now.

“My message is for people just to stay safe and help one another,” she said.

To get involved, contact Harrison at FFLDFoodDrive@outlook.com, or call her at (203) 556-2546.