• David Curtin

A simpler way to give back with Food Forest

‘Tis the season for charitable giving, and many of us are looking for ways to make a difference amid the holiday hustle and bustle. But what if you could bring the gift of groceries to food-insecure families in your community with just one click?

This holiday season, Cincinnati-based grocery delivery app Food Forest is partnering with food pantries in the Cincinnati and Columbus areas to connect their clients with tasty, nourishing foods -- and give the public a simple way to donate.

An app-based food drive is a win-win for pantries and givers alike. Those who donate save a trip to the grocery store and pantry while still receiving that warm, fuzzy feeling you just don’t get from writing a check. And with every donation tracked through the app, pantries can more easily monitor what’s on their shelves and even request specific items.

Making a donation is easy. Just download the Food Forest app on iOS or Android and start shopping! At checkout, choose the pickup “hotspot” at your area pantry, and the folks at Food Forest will make sure your order gets delivered right on time.

With more than 4,000 items to choose from on the Food Forest app, you can build a basket with items like eggs, lunch meat and produce -- no more searching the back of the cabinet for that last can of corn or dusty box of spaghetti. Fresher, more varied items mean pantries can better serve clients with the high-quality foods they most need.

“Fresh produce, dairy, meats, personal hygiene, and baby formula are items that many pantries are always in need of,” says Alan Gross, guest services coordinator at CAIN, which runs a food pantry on Cincinnati’s Northside. “Unfortunately, there are so many different types of these items that keeping a good amount and a good variety stocked is difficult.”

The app-based food drive aligns with Food Forest’s mission to bring online grocery shopping to everyone, regardless of income or location. Food Forest offers free next-day delivery to locations throughout Cincinnati and Columbus, and also accepts SNAP and EBT payments.

By cutting out the middle man, Food Forest can offer competitive prices on thousands of items and be more thoughtful about where your food comes from -- from the grocery store to local farmers' markets. It’s all about making food shopping more sustainable and less wasteful.

If your organization is interested in partnering with Food Forest for a food drive, email info@foodforest.co. To place your next grocery delivery order, download the Food Forest app today.

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