CHI Health launches virtual grocery store, meal service for staff during COVID-19 pandemic

CHI Health has launched a virtual grocery store and meal service for its staff to help them as they fight the COVID-19 pandemic. 
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CHI Health has launched a virtual grocery store and meal service for its staff to help them as they fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

The online portal allows employees to shop for essential grocery items like milk, eggs, bread, meat and more. They can also order take and bake entrees catered toward feeding families.

In addition, easy assemble meal kits are available with selections like chicken fajita, pulled pork and meatloaf. Pizzas, soups, salads and desserts are also available for purchase.

CHI Health’s food and nutrition teams came up with the concept. It launched at CHI Health CUMC-Bergan Mercy last week and begins today, Monday April 20th, at additional CHI Health hospitals in Kearney, Grand Island, Lincoln, Omaha and Council Bluffs.

“It really is a one-of-a-kind store covering multiple hospitals throughout the region. It’s one of the first we’re aware of in the Midwest,” said Terri Hill, division director of nutrition and patient food services for CHI Health.  “We get to pay back to the employees that are working enormous hours, taking care of patients, not able to go shopping or to local restaurants. This way we can use our kitchen space to provide them wholesome, healthy foods that taste good and are convenient.”

The service was designed to accommodate hospital staff who work either the day or night shift. Employees can place orders by 5 p.m. on any given night and pick them up by 6:30 a.m. the following morning.

Curb-side pick-up is available upon request or employees can pick orders up in their hospital kitchens. Food purchases can be deducted from an employee’s pay right when they order, making the process simple.

Categories: Coronavirus