Maynard’s Food Center in De Smet offers customers an option to have their call-in grocery order delivered. With COVID-19 concerns, more people are taking advantage of this service than ever before. Normally, a customer pays a $2 delivery fee in town and more for out-of-town deliveries. Maynard’s makes weekly deliveries to neighboring towns, such as Bryant. For the past several months, customers may have noticed they are not being charged for the delivery service.
A generous donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, stepped forward at the beginning of the COVID pandemic and offered to pay all delivery charges for the time being.
Maynard’s manager-in-training Brandon Bergquist said this good deed is something they and customers are very grateful for. Maynard’s employee Julianne Stahl said her job is taking orders over the phone, then shopping, scanning and bagging grocery orders that are to be delivered.
“It’s all I do for sometimes nine or 10 hours a day,” she said. Stahl said they have 82 delivery customers, but not everyone orders each week. She puts together about 45-50 orders a week but noted that she had more orders the two weeks leading up to Thanksgiving. She takes the calls and puts orders together throughout the week, with cold and frozen items kept in the walk-in cooler or freezer.
LuAnn Klinkel makes deliveries on Tuesdays and Fridays. Drive-up service is also available for those who want to call ahead and pick up their groceries but don’t want to come inside the store.