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Northern Medical Program students offering free delivery service in Prince George

Prince George medical students have joined the Bag-Half-Full initiative
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Medical students are offering a free delivery service to help people during COVID-19. (via File photo)

Nora Tong and Jen Borchert, two students in UBC's Northern Medical Program, based in Prince George are offering a non-contact and free delivery service for COVID-19 vulnerable populations in the community.

The pair is partnering with other local students for an initiative called Bag-Half-Full, which offers the service for the frail, elderly, immunocompromised and self-isolated.

How it works: customers can place an online order at a grocery store of their choosing, then Bag-Half-Full will retrieve the order, and deliver the groceries to their home.

Another option is for customers to provide Bag-Half-Full with a list of their groceries, then the team will shop and deliver the groceries to their home.

However, for this option, the team will send the receipt of their grocery run and will require payment before delivery.

Tong and Borchert say the initiative, which was first started by University of Alberta students, is meant to bridge the gap of accessibility during the COVID-19 pandemic and help promote community health and protect vulnerable populations during these trying times.

You can find out more or submit an order on their website.

For those unable to fill out the form online, they can call 778-350-1302 or 604-916-8723 to place an order.

The team aims to have groceries delivered within two days; orders placed after 4 p.m. on a certain day will be assigned for delivery the following day.

For example, an order submitted Monday at 3 p.m. will be delivered on, or before, Wednesday evening, whereas an order submitted Monday at 6 p.m. will be delivered on or before Thursday evening.

Students are also running Bag-Half-Full initiatives in Edmonton, Lethbridge, Victoria, Ottawa and Vaughn/Richmond Hill.