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Local online food delivery drivers busy during storm, pandemic

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BINGHAMTON (WBNG) -- While many businesses are suffering during the pandemic and winter storms in the Southern Tier, online food delivery services, like Instacart and Doordash, are cashing in.

Local Doordash driver Miguel Ponte said right now he's busier than ever.

"They give you an incentive, a monetary incentive, to make you go out and Doordash even more so it was very very busy today and it's really busy today nobody's going out to stores," he explained.

For people like Ponte, who was furloughed during the pandemic, Doordash has become a saving grace, helping him pay his bills and make ends meet.

He told 12 News he makes $150 per day on average and during storms, when the demand is higher, he can make $200-$250 per day.

Instacart is also seeing many utilize its contact-free delivery services during the pandemic and when weather conditions are poor.

The company told 12 News in a statement:

"Instacart is proud to serve the Binghamton area and provide customers with access to same-day grocery delivery and pickup of fresh food and household essentials from beloved retailers like ALDI, Wegmans, Big Lots, Price Chopper and more. The safety of our shopper and customer communities are always a top priority. We're actively monitoring the winter storm and will notify customers and shoppers of any necessary adjustments to operations."

Chloe Vincente

Chloe Vincente is an Evening News Anchor at 12 News.

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