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• In Minnesota, the Star Tribune reports that delivery service Instacart is partnering there with Good Grocer, a nonprofit business that "has an unusual model in which customers can sign up to be volunteers and work at the store for two-and-a-half hours a month in exchange for a 25 percent discount ... the idea is to give low-income residents an affordable way to access more fresh and healthy foods."

The premise seems to be that by offering delivery, Good Grocer hopes to expand its customer base, which will allow it to keep prices low for income-challenged shoppers.

"“We’re thrilled to offer home delivery, making it even easier for socially-minded customers to help fight hunger,” Kurt Vickman, founder of Good Grocer, said in a prepared statement. “The premise is simple but the impact is huge: Every Instacart purchase helps reduce the price of healthy food for a person in need. By choosing Good Grocer, Instacart shoppers do good and get access to the same national and local brands at our everyday low prices.”

Instacart has a number of other companies in the Twin Cities for which it makes deliveries, including the Wedge Co-op, United Foods, the Lakewinds Co-op, Total Wine, Cub Foods, Whole Foods, Costco, and Petco.
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