In 1982, Dr. David Berger left his job at the Wilder Foundation to form a non-profit corporation called Social Technologies for a Livable Community (STLC). Formed to conduct studies and research on community and social welfare issues, Dr. Berger and his board had no intention of providing direct services.
Early on, STLC recognized that for elderly persons in the community there was a significant group who could manage in their own homes and could prepare their own meals but could not do their own grocery shopping due to various health and mobility issues. At that time, no services existed to fill this need on a consistent basis and at a reasonable cost.
After successfully attempting to encourage other agencies to initiate a grocery delivery service for homebound adults, Dr. Berger, along with Judy Madaj, a former Wilder co-worker skilled in volunteer recruiting, decided to do it themselves.
In August 1984 in south Minneapolis, Store To Door was born. Dave and Judy enrolled a group of clients and shopped at a low-cost, warehouse-type grocery store. At the start they did everything themselves – order taking, shopping, delivery, banking and administration.
Soon they had several volunteers to help, but many times that first winter, they would start shopping early in the morning and deliver the last order around 9 p.m. at night. By trial and error, they developed internal processes, gradually building the client roster, a small staff and a group of reliable volunteers.
In the first year, Store To Door shopped and delivered 1,600 orders, in 2010 we delivered more than 18,000 orders, and in 2012-13 we delivered more than 21,300 orders all over the seven-county metropolitan area.
From the back of one station wagon, we have grown to a fleet of eight delivery vans. Technology provides a firm foundation for daily operations but a small staff of full and part-time employees and 400 volunteers are the heart of the operation.
Since 2003, Store To Door has purchased its groceries at Cub Foods. This corporate partnership means our clients receive quality products at competitive prices.
Financial support comes from government, foundations and corporations, earned income, fundraisers and individual donors.
We rely on our volunteers and supporters to serve our elderly homebound clients! Thank you!