In some ways, the process is similar to ordering groceries online. Except that you are ordering for 300+ families from a quirky store that may or may not have much to choose from. And doing it twice per week.
That doesn't really capture the experience though. In reality, it's more like some madcap game of Hungry Hungry Hippos played against rival food pantries dotted around the state. There's only so much food to go around, after all, so you better be quick! Putting something in your basket is no guarantee it will still be available when you "check out." The pressure is ratcheted up even further, because items are often described rather cryptically (the system has no pictures), and some things are tantalizingly designated as "if available". So exactly what you are grabbing, if you are grabbing anything at all, is not always 100% clear.
For every order, the game has several "rounds" - you can adjust your order as many times as you like within a designated ordering window, with new items appearing at seemingly random times. If you like checking your Instagram feed a hundred times a day, you'll love this game! Adding even more excitement, the ordering window can change for all sorts of reasons: and if you haven't ordered on time - No Food For You!
There's a Tetris-like component, too, because everything you order has to fit on the delivery truck, and then be squeezed into the pantry. Don't spend too long thinking about that though: if you hesitate, the item may be gone!
There's some skill to all this but, like any good game, there is an element of luck too. Log in at exactly the right time, and you can score big time. Delay by five minutes and you are filling the truck with rutabaga and praying that some more desirable things are added before your ordering window slams shut.
Finally, any worthwhile game needs new features to keep things fresh. For 2023, some items are now only available for purchase (previously, everything was free). So, should you spring for twenty cases of expensive Cheerios, or keep your fingers crossed for a food drive jackpot? Only you can decide, and the clock is ticking! (No foreshadowing here, naturally).
Wanna have a go yourself? Apply Within!