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Grocery delivery services are not a foreign concept to Torontonians, many of whom are often on the go and have little time for activities such as running to the store in the middle of the week to stock up. Now more than ever, there is a dire need for delivery services. Seniors and those at high risk are finding it necessary to remain indoors to avoid increasing their risk of infection. This makes it difficult for those vulnerable to COVID-19 complications to safely get access to necessities like food from their local grocery stores.
With that being said, there has been an increase in grocery delivery service options available for people in the GTA. Individuals around the city are doing their best to provide food delivery services for their community members that are in need. Three newly launched delivery companies are Easypeasy Grocery Delivery, Food To You and DoomerFood. They have joined the long list of food retail providers that are trying their best to meet daily demands of their customers.
Easypeasy Grocery Delivery was started by Jamie and Felicia Somerton, a brother-sister duo who are dedicated to helping people and families in the GTA west area. They are offering a grocery kit, the Fresh Essentials Kit, which is a $68 grocery box filled with fresh produce, pasta, eggs, bread, rice and more. Currently, the company is opened for a soft launch to try and navigate the ropes of what it takes to provide the safest and most efficient service for their customers.
Food To You was started by Urjit Dave and Vinu Lankaputhra two friends and the only two employees of the company. They source groceries from places like Whole Foods, Sobeys, Loblaws, PetSmart, Longo's, and Metro -- providing same-day delivery. The duo made their first delivery this past weekend and hope to continue to help throughout the pandemic.
Lastly, Doomer Food offers two food packages during the crisis, a 10 day package or a 1 month package for delivery to Toronto residents only (portions serve two people). When you order a package before 12 pm, same day delivery is guaranteed. Otherwise delivery is completed within 24 hours, or 24 hours within the next delivery. Additionally 1% of sales go directly to the homeless.
All three new services promise to price products as low as possible and avoid price gouging or hoarding.
It is inspiring to see the community come together during this trying time. We hope that these small scale, newly opened delivery services are able to safely remain in business for as long as this crisis lasts.