A new local grocery delivery service, Food To You, launched at the end of March in Toronto just as the Coronavirus outbreak was in full swing.
With social distancing the hottest thing at the moment, we see massive growth in both online ordering and delivery services. Restaurant and grocery delivery services in Toronto are in high demand as companies like Grocery Gateway, and Cornershop is providing. FoodToYou.ca launched near the end of March 2020.
Toronto certainly has it’s choices for food delivery, from UberEats, Foodora, and Skip The Dishes; In fact, the Toronto area even has produced several indigenous restaurant delivery services including Lanyangyang, Food Hwy, FOD (Food On Delivery), and CMEOW. Update: on April 27th, Foodora announced they are leaving Canada in May.
Food to You’s founders, Urjit Dave and Vinu Lankaputhra, came up with the idea after talking about the pandemic one weekend in early March. While neither of them had a food service background, they figured they could do it and within a few days had set up a Wix website and were in business.
The business model is simple: they don’t mark-up the price of the groceries, but charge a 15 per cent service fee to cover delivery anywhere in the GTA. Once you submit your order, an invoice is created that lays out costs. After you review, pay the invoice via an e-transfer. Food to You then delivers your order to your door within 5 to 7 days, according to the website.
[pullquote align=”normal” cite=”FoodToYou website”]Food To You embodies a strict safety policy ensuring all our employees are always wearing facemasks and hand gloves when delivering groceries, while constantly sanitizing the vehicles used for travel. Orders are delivered right to our customers’ doorsteps with no contact with our workers,[/pullquote]
Groceries come from stores like Whole Foods, Sobeys, Loblaws, PetSmart, Longos, and Metro, and they do take requests for particular items as needed. Visit their website