Since March 17, the Emergency Relief Society of Vancouver (ERSV) has delivered groceries and medications to nearly 200 local customers.
The Vancouver-based, non-profit organization was created by Shaun Olafson and Leanne Atkinson, who wanted to ensure the city’s vulnerable population were able to obtain the goods they need without having to leave their homes.
Together they came up with the idea of a free food and medication delivery service.
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Although their website advertises medication and food delivery, the service offers much more. A spokesperson told Daily Hive that they sometimes complete odd jobs, too.
“We recently delivered food for a person’s pet lizard,” she said.
Before you place your order, do note that while delivery is free, you’ll still need to cover the costs of your order.
Start your order by placing a delivery request online. You’ll be asked your name, phone number, address, and what you’d like to be picked up and delivered.
Once ERSV has enough orders, a driver will go to the store, pick up your items, and drop them off at your door in a sanitized box or bag.
You’ll then be responsible for reimbursement, either with cash or through their online repayment portal.
The volunteers work as quickly as they can to fulfill orders, with most deliveries currently being completed within 24 hours.
While a large portion of the operation is the actual delivery service itself, ERSV is also looking for administrative volunteers to help with dispatching & billing. Those without a car can still volunteer, but they should live within walking distance to the shops. Those who’d like to volunteer for the organization can apply online.
If you’re unable to volunteer but still want to make a difference, you can also make an online donation in order to help ERSV afford the upfront cost of food and medication.