South Shore Hospital and the Marshfield-based startup FoodSquire began a new program Dec. 1 aimed at making families’ transition home after the birth of a child a little bit easier.

Since the soft launch of the FoodSquire app in September, the food ordering and delivery platform has grown throughout the South Shore, adding more and more restaurants and allowing customers to easily order food to be brought right to their door.

Parents of newborns will now leave South Shore Hospital with a $50 gift card to be used on FoodSquire waiting in their email inbox so they can order a meal and not have to worry about cooking for themselves once they arrive home with the new addition to their family.

“We understand the challenges of adjusting to a newborn during the first few days at home,” said Faye Weir, RN-C, MSN, Director, Parent Child Services at South Shore Hospital in a release about the program. “We hope to help smooth this transition by providing one less thing to think about, that is, ‘what do I cook for dinner’? It seems simple but can be so helpful to families.”

Joe Capone, founder of FoodSquire, said when he was contacted about the program, his personal connection to the hospital made it an easy yes.

“I’m from the South Shore, I was born at South Shore Hospital,” Capone said. “My wife was born there, my kids were born there, it’s where we go for anything and everything, like all of us.”

Nurse managers will enter the parents’ email address into an online portal, generating a message with a redemption code to be sent to their inbox. They’ll also receive a postcard at the hospital letting them know the redemption code is there.

“We wanted to make it as easy as possible,” Capone said. “It is ultimately to help them.”

Due to the partnership, FoodSquire now has a new feature it can use for other business purposes.

“We built it to their specifications,” Capone said. “We didn’t have a gift card system, so we coded up one so we could have digital currency. Every merchant on our platform, whether they have one internally or not, they now have a gift card program.”

Capone said FoodSquire is constantly looking to grow its merchant base to provide more options to its customers.

“We want to help local businesses enable services within the community that maybe otherwise are only being handled by these corporate giants,” he said.

FoodSquire is set to launch in Worcester on Jan. 10 with more than 40 restaurants, occupying a market space that was vacated when Foodler was bought by Grubhub.

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