Blyth Lions Club has resumed its local grocery delivery service
BY SHAWN LOUGHLIN
With Ontario back under lockdown orders from the provincial government, the Blyth Lions Club has revived its grocery delivery partnership with Blyth Food Market.
The initiative was first offered to residents of the village in April, but was then scaled back when the province began reopening and COVID-19 cases were relatively controlled. However, with cases now rising dramatically and the lockdown in place, the club is again offering the service to senior citizens and quarantined Blyth residents.
Those wishing to buy their groceries from home can simply call the market at 519-523-4551 and place the order. Market staff will then collect the requested items and assemble the order before calling the shopper back with a total order cost. Shoppers will then pay by credit card over the phone and the market staff will provide an approximate delivery time for the order. It will be a member of the Blyth Lions Club who will deliver the shopper’s order, leaving it on their doorstep.
Long-time Lions Club member John Stewart said there had been unofficial discussion among club members in April about serving the community in some way during the pandemic and it was member Fred DeBoer who suggested a grocery delivery service.
Stewart brought the suggestion to the Blyth Food Market a few weeks ago and there were some technological kinks to work through before the service could be rolled out.
“It goes back to the root of our organization and its motto, ‘we serve’ and we thought this was something we could do to help the community,” said Stewart in an interview with The Citizen.
With the high number of senior citizens in the community, Stewart said DeBoer felt that keeping people at home and delivering groceries would be a helpful service to provide.
As for the logistics of the deliveries, Stewart said the store will field and fill orders over the course of the day and Lions Club members will pick up orders destined to be delivered later that day.
The deliveries will be contactless, Stewart said, with payment having been arranged prior to the delivery. Upon arrival, the Lions Club members will drop groceries by front doors, not entering homes or apartments.
For more information or to place an order, call the Blyth Food Market at 519-523-4551.