Grocery Delivery Service Aims to Provide Ohio Residents with More Convenient Access to Fresh Food
Growing business Hometown Grocery Delivery continues to expand delivery area to make groceries more easily accessible for families, students and the eldery, and eliminate "food deserts" in Northeast Ohio
"Our grocery delivery service started back in 2009 based on requests from elderly customers who had health issues and couldn't make it out to do their shopping," said Ken Dawson, co-owner of Hometown Grocery Delivery. "From there, the service grew organically as the result of increasing interest from all types of customers--from seniors to students to parents looking to save a little time."
Hometown Grocery Delivery combines the modern-day convenience of online ordering with the friendly, at-your-door service of days gone by. Residents of Northeast Ohio delivery areas ranging from Canton to Medina to Twinsburg to Ravenna can place an order via Web or phone and have groceries delivered to their front door that very same day.
Along with the convenience of not having to drive to the store and walk the aisles with your grocery list, home grocery delivery provides a number of other key benefits for consumers. They include saving money (by sticking more closely to your list), avoiding those often-unhealthy impulse buys, and eliminating the stress of finding time to get to the grocery store.
"As more people have discovered Hometown Grocery Delivery, our delivery requests have tripled over the past three months," Dawson said. "We've added more employees to meet the increasing demand, and we are continually looking for ways to expand our service to give more people access to fresh food products."
One of those ways includes accepting the Zip Card for payment, giving students at The University of Akron the ability to have groceries delivered to their dorms. Hometown Grocery Delivery also serves the 401 Lofts at Cedar and South Main streets and other student housing in the burgeoning downtown Akron area.
Hometown Grocery Delivery is also the only grocery delivery service in the state of Ohio to offer free grocery delivery to senior citizens enrolled in the PASSPORT program. Ohio's PASSPORT Medicaid waiver program helps Medicaid-eligible older Ohioans get the long-term services and supports they need to stay in their homes.
"As we have since the beginning, Hometown Grocery Delivery continues to offer elderly and disabled individuals a much easier means of getting their groceries," said Dawson. "Our friendly delivery people not only bring groceries to your door, they will help you unload them and put them away if you need assistance."
Along with meeting the diverse needs of Akron residents, Hometown Grocery Delivery is working to bring fresh produce and healthier foods to underserved communities. In many areas of Northeast Ohio, there is a void in availability of fresh groceries. These areas are labeled by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as "food deserts".
Food deserts are defined as urban neighborhoods and rural towns without ready access to fresh, healthy and affordable food. The lack of access contributes to a poor diet and can lead to higher levels of obesity and other diet-related diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease.
"Our goal is to help eliminate the food deserts in our area by working to ensure more people have access to fresh fruits, vegetables, meats and dairy, even if there isn't a grocery store within miles of their homes," Dawson said. "You'd be surprised how much healthier people will eat when they have the convenience of home grocery delivery available to them."
Hometown Grocery Delivery currently offers over 12,000 products for delivery. Customers get the same affordable prices they would find in locally owned IGA grocery stores--including weekly sale prices--so they don't pay a premium. In addition to placing orders online, Hometown provides the option of ordering over the phone for individuals who do not have Internet service.
Hometown Grocery Delivery partners with hometown-proud IGA stores to deliver fresh groceries from store to door for folks in Akron, Canton, Cuyahoga Falls, Kent, Hudson, Macedonia, Green, Bath, Tallmadge, Stow, Peninsula, Ravenna, Wadsworth, Center, Fairlawn, Barberton, Lakemore, Medina, Munroe Falls and other Northeast Ohio communities. Learn more about our home grocery delivery service at http://hgdelivery.com/