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Model for Grocers Transitioning to Curb Pickup
Minnesota Ag Connection - 03/26/2020

Some know that the Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships (RSDP) program at the University of Minnesota works with rural grocery stores throughout the state. Last week, Governor Tim Walz declared grocery workers as emergency personnel. Grocery stores are on the front line for community food access throughout Minnesota.

The RSDP staff are in contact with grocers across Minnesota, and they found a need to provide simple instructions and a clear process to help grocers who are interested in transitioning from in-store shopping to curbside pickup or delivery. Transitioning to curbside pickup and delivery is one way that grocery stores can maintain the flow of food into their communities and reduce staff and community exposure to COVID-19.

To serve this emergent need, the RSDPs created "Tips for Small Town Stores: Curbside Pickup and Delivery Model."

It is available online at:, according to Kathryn J. Draeger, Ph.D., statewide director of the U of M Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships. For more information, contact her at 651-470-7720.

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