Store to Door expands grocery delivery service for homebound seniors

Seniors who are homebound and would like to have groceries delivered into their kitchens can now be served by Store To Door, non-profit grocery shopping and delivery service.

Since 1984, Store To Door has been working in the seven-county metro area, gradually expanding its ability to serve more clients. In January, it plans to begin shopping from the Cambridge Cub Foods.

“We are glad to be able to respond to the need, expressed by the Isanti Board of Commissioners and other community partners, to expand our service to seniors living in and around Cambridge” said Executive Director Mary Jo Schifsky. “We already serve 1,500 clients in the metro area who want to continue to live independently but can no longer navigate around a grocery store and transport their groceries home.”

Volunteers for Store To Door call seniors every two weeks for their grocery order and shop for them at Cub Foods in Cambridge. A staff person delivers the groceries to the client’s kitchen, lifting heavy grocery items, putting frozen food away if asked, and loosening tight lids.  If a senior orders from the pharmacy at Cub Foods, Store To Door will deliver the prescriptions with the grocery order.

Elderly seniors with a wide range of incomes use the service. All clients pay for the groceries; they can choose from any item available in the local Cub Foods. The delivery fees for seniors who need the service are $3, $12 or $15 depending on their income and household size.

All groceries will be shopped and delivered on Mondays;  a typical client orders every two weeks. To pay, the client uses a personal check or a credit/debit or EBT card.  Store To Door is the only full-line grocery shopping and delivery service that accepts the SNAP benefit in the privacy of the client’s home.

“We welcome volunteers because we have a small staff. Our volunteer order takers take  detailed grocery orders by phone and our volunteer shoppers shop carefully so we deliver as accurate an order as we can to each client,” Schifsky said. “We could not operate without over 400 dedicated and caring volunteers.”

Those interested in more information can visit  www.storetodoor.org or contact Store To Door at 651-642-1892 or info@storetodoor.org.

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