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Impact Food Press

For Immediate Release
November 18, 2020

Contact: Sha’Ron James
sjames@impactfoodgroup.com

IMPACT FOODS PILOTS MICRO GROCERY CONCEPT DOWNTOWN

The local, woman and minority-owned company plans to install more kiosks citywide

Tallahassee, Fla., (November 18)– Impact Food Services Group, LLC (Impact Foods) today announced that the first of a fleet of self-service micro grocery kiosks has been installed in Plaza Tower in downtown Tallahassee. The kiosk is the first of five planned to launch across Tallahassee before the end of 2020. 

 

The kiosks are designed with RFID technology that senses when items are removed from the shelves inside; customers simply swipe their credit or debit card to unlock the door. The kiosk is filled with grab-and-go food and beverages from SQR Meals and RedEye Coffee and features items like a Turkey BLT Wrap and bottled cold brew. Additionally, the kiosk is stocked with meal kits designed for two that come with an entrée and two side dishes. 

 

The micro grocery kiosk is the first of its kind in Tallahassee and an asset to Downtown. Although Downtown is host to many restaurants, the hours and offerings at these restaurants can be limiting, especially to those with specific dietary restrictions.

 

“While we have fantastic local restaurants downtown, it can be difficult to find quick, healthy and affordable options after hours and on weekends,” said Elizabeth Emmanuel, CEO of the Tallahassee Downtown Improvement Authority (TDIA). “The kiosk Impact Foods placed in Downtown has already started to address this need in our community and I’m looking forward to having more kiosks with a variety of different grab-and-go items Downtown.”

 

Food insecurity and equity of access are important issues for Sha’Ron James, social impact investor and proprietor of Impact Foods. In order to help address these issues, Impact Foods is currently working to configure its machines to support EBT and SNAP as forms of payment. Impact Foods also plans to place machines in public spaces throughout the community to promote ease of access.

 

“These kiosks are going to be transformative,” said Ms. James. “Tallahassee is not alone in its rate of food insecurity and I’m glad that Impact Foods is able to innovatively fulfil a need in our community while supporting local and woman-owned businesses.”

 

After the first five units are installed, Impact Foods hopes to have at least 20 kiosks in operation throughout the city by summer 2021 with expansion into other Florida cities by 2022.