Food oasis lets Camden residents order groceries online for delivery

Courier Post/Joe Cooney
Thursday, January 30, 2014

A grocer and a nonprofit agency have created an oasis of fresh groceries in Camden’s food desert.

Supermarkets of Cherry Hill — owner of five South Jersey ShopRite stores — has partnered with the city’s Center for Family Services in a pilot program to offer healthy food options to residents.

ShopRite from Home was started in mid-December. CFS provides city residents with free access to computers so they can choose fresh groceries online for delivery.

CFS also provides ordering support and a variety of related services, including workshops on nutrition and budgeting.

“Throughout the week, we work with community residents through all different ways of outreach to help them register for the program,” said Merilee Rutolo, vice president of CFS.

“We even have tablets and portable computers that we’ll take to various city events.”

Ordered groceries are picked up by shoppers from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursdays at the Promise Neighborhood Family Success Center at 580 Benson St.

The Isabelle Miller Community Center in the Centerville neighborhood will also be a pickup site.

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