Stay Home, Stay Healthy
A partnership between This Machine, Reasor’s, and INCOG, made possible through generous support from AARP, will make healthy groceries more accessible to elderly and homebound individuals in Tulsa food deserts this fall. This Machine Delivers will be delivering groceries by bike to food desert neighborhoods as part of a pilot program to improve access to healthy groceries. This grocery delivery program looks to address the difficulties faced by many low income, elderly, and homebound individuals who cannot access groceries due to lack of transportation, health restrictions, and residence in a food desert. This program is available for qualifying individuals now through April 2021, with the hope of providing a permanent solution for individuals in the future.
Each grocery order is a balanced mix of macro nutrients and food groups. Your order will cost $30 + tax, and will include the following items from Reasor’s.
- ($6) Produce: Bell Pepper, Onion, Bananas, Red Potatoes, Apples, Romaine Salad Mix
- (1) Creamy Peanut Butter
- (1) Loaf of Bread
- (2) Cans of Chunky Soup
- (1) Dozen Eggs
- (1) Bag of Rice
- (1) Bag of Beans
- (1) Can of Diced Tomatoes
- (1) Can of Tuna in Water
- (1) Can of Whole Kernel Corn
- (1) Can of Chunky Mixed Fruit
- (1) Can of Spaghetti Sauce
- (1) Package of Dry Pasta
- (1) Package of 73% Lean Ground Beef
How Do I Receive Free Grocery Delivery?
To be eligible for This Machine Delivers, you must:
- be over the age of 60 or disabled and homebound
- live in one of the following zip codes:
- 74103, 74104, 74106, 74110, 74112, 74119, 74120, 74127
- Call Sue at INCOG at (918) 579-9477
- This Machine will pick up your groceries from Reasor’s, and deliver them by bicycle to your home.
- There is no charge for delivery. The only charge is $30 (+ tax) for the food, paid at the time the order is placed over the phone.
*This Machine Delivers is a pilot program, and will run October through April of 2021 We hope to extend the program to provide a permanent service in the future.
About our Selection as a 2020 AARP Community Challenge Grantee
This Machine is thrilled to announce we, in partnership with INCOG, have been selected to receive an AARP Community Challenge grant. We are one of only 184 grantees selected from across all 50 states, Washington D.C, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
With this “quick-action” grant we will make healthy groceries more accessible to elderly and homebound individuals in Tulsa food deserts.
“We are incredibly proud that AARP selected This Machine and INCOG to receive this grant,” stated This Machine’s Executive Director, Katie Sawicki. “AARP is a nationwide leader on making neighborhoods, towns, and cities more livable for all residents and we are honored that they see the value this project will bring to our community.”
About the Community Challenge
The Community Challenge funds innovative projects that inspire change in areas such as transportation, public spaces, housing, smart cities, civic engagement, coronavirus response and more.
It’s all part of AARP’s nationwide work on livable communities, which supports the efforts of neighborhoods, towns, cities and counties across the country to become great places for all residents. AARP believes that communities should provide safe, walkable streets; affordable and accessible housing and transportation options; access to needed services; and opportunities for residents to participate in community life.
To learn more about the work being funded by the AARP Community Challenge across the nation – including all 184 granted projects this year, visit aarp.org/CommunityChallenge. You can also view an interactive map of all Community Challenge projects and AARP’s livable communities work at aarp.org/livable.