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Supplying groceries to Canadian medical staffers during COVID-19

Everyday Impact Story: Deloitte Canada employees create GroceryHero

Practitioners at Deloitte Canada develop a free delivery matching service to help Canada’s frontline medical workers focus on fighting COVID-19

In the midst of the Coronavirus crisis, Deloitte people around the globe are working to connect to what matters each and every day. This story is part of a series featuring Deloitte people and the impactful work they are doing with clients and in the communities they serve.

What is the challenge?

Healthcare workers are on the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis, risking their own wellbeing and, in many cases, the wellbeing of their families to treat those who have fallen ill. In order to avoid exposing their communities to the coronavirus, many workers are avoiding their local supermarkets. But with grocery delivery services already inundated with backorders, frontline workers have been left with nowhere to turn for everyday essentials.

How are we helping?

Working on their own time, practitioners at Deloitte Canada have spurred a grassroots movement connecting medical professionals with volunteers in their communities. The platform pairs volunteers with frontline workers in their neighborhood so that they can directly arrange a free grocery delivery.
Initially conceived as a local, Toronto-based platform, GroceryHero received so many sign-ups in its first two days from volunteers around Canada that the team decided to quickly expand its service. In the first week of its launch, the platform registered 2,500 users and connected 350 healthcare workers with volunteers, and it’s growing by the day.

At Deloitte, we are connecting with our clients, people, and communities to make an impact every day.

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