Relay Foods: A Grocery Shopping Option for Active or Home-Bound Seniors
by Trish Kenney
Relay Foods is a Charlottesville owned, web-based grocery shopping business providing pickup or home delivery services for customers. A quick phone call to Relay’s friendly customer service is very helpful in communicating operational procedures and services offered, or you can explore the Relay Foods website and learn the many details of the business and how and why shopping with Relay Foods might be a good option for you. Relay has time-saving advantages for active seniors, as well as benefits for seniors who do not have the means, opportunity or good health to get out and manage their own grocery shopping needs in the wider community.
Currently, Relay Foods works with over 100 vendors supplying quality products in the Charlottesville area, including locally owned small businesses, area farms, and local restaurants. You can choose from a wide variety of products and vendors without ever leaving home. Ordering products is easy and can be accomplished online through the Relay Foods website, through an email correspondence sent directly to Relay providing your grocery list and payment preferences, or by placing a telephone call directly to Relay customer service and placing your order with them 1-877-573-5295 ext. 1.
At the heart of Relay Foods is the philosophy that a customer can shop for quality foods (including local and organic products) online, and that through a central pickup location, time and resources are preserved for all involved. Rather than every Charlottesville area shopper driving around town and beyond, Relay Foods delivers your products — sorted and bagged – to you at a central pickup location free of charge, or to your home for a charge of $9.00 per delivery. Through this innovative shopping experience, you save time, gas and energy while Relay’s employees do the “work” of shopping for you.
While Relay Foods does not currently use large-scale conventional grocery stores to supply their products, you can still enjoy many of the goods you would typically buy from these suppliers. For example, Relay sells milk, bread, eggs, meat, frozen foods and fresh produce from a number of vendors with a variety of price options. Vendors for such products include local bakers and farmers for bread, eggs, meat and milk to organic, local, and free trade suppliers for produce. In addition smaller area grocery stores such as Reid’s Supermarket and Whole Foods are included in Relay Foods list of vendors.
If you are interested in considering Relay Foods, you can browse their website catalog and sort by category, vendor, brand or product. In addition, as you investigate Relay’s many products and vendors through these links, you can also explore the larger picture of the Relay Foods philosophy, including the benefits of buying locally-produced foods, organic products, and the advantages of encompassing a green philosophy through your every day grocery shopping experience.
Trish Kenney is a Lifestyle Coordinator at Care is There. She experienced elder care firsthand when she moved back “home” to Virginia, leaving behind her life in Colorado, so she could be closer to her mother who was experiencing memory loss. Trish loved the time she spent nurturing her mother, and visiting with the elderly residents at the nursing home. This inspired her to help others in similar situations. As a Lifestyle Coordinator at Care is There, she is able to give back to the community and provide guidance and aid to seniors and their families.
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