Fresh meal deliveries a new trend in Southwest Florida
 
 06-Nov-2015

 

SOUTHWEST FLORIDA - What's for dinner?

 

From busy mom to young professional, it's a question nobody wants to deal with at the end of a stressful day.

 

A new trend is sweeping the nation and is here in Southwest Florida -- fresh meals delivered right to your door.

 

Freddye Hoopfer is a working mom with two teens.

 

"I can just throw some chicken nuggets in the microwave for 40 seconds, throw some apple sauce on the side and then they have their meal," said Hoopfer.

 

Hoopfer admits it's fast, but not always the healthiest. However, Chad O'Connor is part of a new movement sweeping the country -- fresh, healthy food delivered to your home.

 

"It is fresh. It's prepared in house from scratch. Fresh vegetables in something you don't have to feel guilty about, and you still have all the convenience of fast food, if you will," said O'Connor.

 

O'Connor's Fresh Fit Foods is one of many businesses popping up all over Southwest Florida that delivers fresh food you can prepare in minutes right to your door.

 

One of his clients is Hannah Peterson. As a business owner, Peterson says at the end of the day deciding what to make for dinner is the last thing she wants to do.

 

"I have decision fatigue. Am I going to go shopping? Am I going to cook or meal plan? I just end up not doing it because it's too much time too think about," said Peterson.

 

From salmon to salad to portabella and chicken chorizo, Peterson says the meals are never boring.

 

But what about the cost?

 

We compared two local and two national food delivery services. They all average around $10 a meal per person.

 

With local companies, the big difference is calories and commitment. All meals from Fresh Fit Foods are less than 500 calories, but you must commit to four meals a week for a month.

 

DISH Delivery can go up to 675 calories per meal and requires a meal commitment used over time.

 

Both can be cooked in minutes in the microwave or oven.

 

Nationally, we checked Blue Apron and Hello Fresh. You actually cook the meal with delivered ingredients, but that can take 30 to 40 minutes.

 

Hoopfer's family is so busy, one she and her daughter were home for dinner for a Fresh Fit taste test.

 

Freddye loved it.

 

"I think it's delicious," said Freddye Hoopfer.

 

Her daughter, Amanda, not so much.

 

"Just too picky," said Amanda Hoopfer.

 

Freddye says $10 a person is just too much money to experiment with tastes, so it wouldn't work for her family.

 

While O'Connor says he does deliver to some families, a lot of his clients are young professionals and seniors who want something fast and easy without all the work.

 

Both local companies are fairly new. Already Fresh Fit Foods is making 6,000 meals a month and DISH is making...and it's not even season yet.