The local bakery owner also known as JoJo said she buys a large number of essential items in bulk to resell to anyone in need of groceries. She buys everything from hand sanitizers to toilet paper. Most recently she added meats and cheeses as well.

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NICEVILLE — What started out as a small project to help customers at a locally-owned coffee and bakery shop has grown into a way for a local business owner to serve the community.


“It’s just us trying to help our customers,” said owner of JoJo’s Coffee and Goodness, Angela Stevenson.


The local bakery owner also known as JoJo said she buys a large number of essential items in bulk to resell to anyone in need of groceries. She buys everything from hand sanitizers to toilet paper. Most recently she added meats and cheeses as well.


JoJo’s said it is important for her to give customers a way to buy products without contact. Individuals are encouraged to order through cards, but they can also pay by calling ahead and placing cash under the windshield. The spare change will be added to an envelope inside one of the grocery bags.


Stevenson said they also load all the groceries into the trunk to avoid contact.


On Thursday night, Stevenson also delivered supplies to staff at BeeHive Home of Niceville, an assisted living facility. She dropped off donations to a friend who works with mental health for the homeless as well.


“We’re just trying to do what we can,” she said.


The idea originally started with several of her loyal customers, she said. They wanted to buy flour sugar and yeast directly from her.


As word-of-mouth spread, more and more people became interested in buying. So, she sat down with her distributor to buy the items most needed. She said Thursday she sold products to around 50 people.


“This is not what we do every day,” she said. “It’s been an evolution.”