Guelph is Starting Its Own Food Delivery Service, Obviously

Food delivery services have been a vital component to keeping the economy going in the pandemic, but there are hitches to services like Skip the Dishes or Uber Eats. Like groceries. How can you get services from fine local establishments like Rodolfo’s Rebel Foods and Wellington Brewery? Well, there is now a made-in-Guelph answer for that.

The City of Guelph’s Our Food Future office announced Wednesday that the City is teaming up with Biomimicry Frontiers, the Cornerstone, and Annex Market to create Annex Guelph, an online market where people can order products from their favourite Guelph shoppes, bakeries, and beverage makers and have them delivered to your house. You can also get hot meals from the Cornerstone too.

“This type of project is what Our Food Future and Grow Back Better is all about,” said Barbara Swartzentruber, executive director of the Smart Cities Office in a statement. “Annex Guelph is promoting collaboration between food entrepreneurs, farmers and social innovators, re-imagining our food delivery models, building community resilience and increasing access to healthy nutritious food.”

So how does it work? You have to go to the Annex Guelph here, and shop like how you would at any e-commerce site like Amazon. So long as you complete your order by midnight, you will receive your delivery the next day, or you can pick it up at the Cornerstone at 1 Wyndham Street downtown. Until June 30, you can also use the promo code “Give” to get $10 off your order, and send that $10 to the Seed for its Emergency Food Home Delivery program.

The current local vendors taking part in Annex Guelph are Cornerstone’s Own, Fixed Gear Brewing, Goldfarm Canada, GoodLot Farmstead Brewing Co., Grain Harvest Breadhouse, Heartwood Cidery, Henry’s Tempeh, Laza Food & Beverages, Live Kombucha, Rodolfo’s Rebel Foods, Southbrook Vineyards, Trotter’s Butcher Shop and Charcuterie, and Wellington Brewery. More local business are expected to be added as the service grows.

The Our Food Future office was set up to administer the $10 million in prize money for Guelph and Wellington County’s first place finish in the Smart Cities Challenge. It was announced last month that Our Food Future would be spending $1.6 million of that money on emergency measures to help combat food insecurity issues as a result of the pandemic. Annex Guelph is the latest project that comes from their 10-point recovery plan.

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