Transitus Awards Food Recovery Network a grant and in kind match for technical support on an innovative new campus project in Columbus, OH.
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Transitus Helps Food Forest team up with Meals on Wheels of Southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky to make grocery delivery a safe and viable alternative for socially distancing seniors throughout Covid-19
Food Forest is a multi-vendor grocery platform in Cincinnati, OH that offers an affordable next day grocery delivery service. Food Forest began piloting in May of 2019 and has been an instrumental partner for the many local non-profits in the wake of Covid-19. The service is designed in such a way that it allows some items in a customer’s grocery basket to be sourced locally (lowering costs) while allowing other items to be sourced from grocery stores (offering a fuller selection).
The Food Forest model allows multiple businesses to team up on the last mile so that the customer receives a full grocery order without needing to pay a service fee. The inclusive design of a multi-vendor platform meets the USDA’s requirements for being able to accept EBT for this service. Food Forest partners with a network of non-profits in Southwest Ohio to make this service accessible to the appropriate populations. Food Forest partners include Meals on Wheels of Southwest OH and Norther Kentucky (Seniors), Produce Perks Midwest (Low income), Mercy Health (high risk patients) and The Findlay Market (Network of local businesses).
From Fall of 2019 to the Spring of 2020, Transitus supported the build out of a minimally viable proof of concept for the affiliate organizations. Following the unprecedented events of Covid-19, many small business and consumers turned to this platform as their means for delivery. The concept proved successful from a price, payments, and sustainability perspective and the leaders of the project hope to grow the service to reach 1000 individuals within the next six months