Shelter-in-place has changed the way we perform the most mundane, habitual tasks.
Take grocery shopping, for instance, you no longer get to stroll into the store, pick out your items, pay, and leave. Now, we must dawn a face mask, keep hand sanitizer handy, remain six feet from other shoppers, and checkout with contactless payment.
It’s not easy, but it’s worth it for your safety and the safety of the workers and other high-risk shoppers.
For those that want to avoid the mess altogether, why not get your groceries delivered? From the comfort of your couch, you can peruse the items you need or want, fill your cart, select the date and time of delivery, and pay.
The best part is that your groceries appear at their slated arrival time, on your doorstep, via contactless drop off! If you’re looking to get out of the house, you can also go for curbside pickup with some companies. No worries about being in contact or maintaining six feet. Pull up, they’ll load, and you’re off!
Of course, this type of grocery shopping experience has become wildly popular since the pandemic and many of the more popular, large companies — such as Instacart, Amazon Fresh, and Fresh Direct — are struggling to keep up with the demand.
Want to make sure you’ll get your fresh goodies on demand? How about giving some of those smaller companies a try?
If you live on the Eastern Seaboard — mainly in Boston, the surrounding areas, New York City, and the tri-state areas — there’s a new grocery delivery service to give a try!
Juice Press has been around for a while, — nine years, in fact! — yet they have recently branched out into the grocery delivery game. Plus, this company offers everything a health-conscious consumer could ask for! They believe in offering only nutrient-dense, organic, processed-free, fresh, ultra-convenient food items. This means you don’t have to worry about researching nasty ingredients before purchasing because they simply don’t offer them!
Juice Press delivers seven days a week! With that said, delivery charges range — from $5.99 to $19.99 — depending on location.
With Mercato, it’s all about boosting the availability, accessibility, and success of independent grocers! Mercato believes that small, artisan, independent grocery stores are the keystones of communities. Unfortunately, we don’t all have the time to make multiple stops to the bakery, butcher, and vegetable stand, which is why Mercato has devised a solution to deliver groceries to your door from all of these establishments!
Simply pop in your zip code and the site will populate with all the local shops that are teamed up with Mercato. Enter the items from all the shops that you need, enter your delivery info, your payment info, and delivery date/time and your set!
Right now, Mercato is offering a 14-day unlimited delivery free-trial! Plus, they’re available in a slew of cities across the country from Los Angeles and San Francisco to Austin and Denver to Chicago and Manhattan. On top of that, Mercato is offering free delivery to anyone over the age of 60 during the Coronavirus pandemic.
3. Thrive Market
If you’ve got a curated palate or special diet, then Thrive Market is the best option for your grocery delivery needs! Thrive Market focuses on providing healthy food options — both fresh and conveniently packed — that focus around you as an individual. Instead of deducing what ingredients are in each item you order from the grocery store, Thrive Market allows you to shop by your specific diet demands. Whether you’re dairy-free, paleo, keto, vegan, or any other diet, you’ll be able to find a slew of goods that seem curated just for you.
Delivery.com is another service that isn’t just about restaurant delivery but also seeks to support other local businesses. Need your laundry done? They’ll deliver and pick up. Need a bottle of wine? They’ll get it for you. Looking to get groceries delivered? Delivery.com is on it!
For each service, you can completely customize the experience from where you get the food, where you have laundry serviced, and where your groceries are shopped. Plus, with Delivery.com it’s free to order with a typical delivery minimum of around $15 and you get to save up points that are cashed in for gift cards and rewards!
Delivery fees do apply, but they depend on the service you’re requesting, as well as the restaurant’s guidelines.
5. Walmart Grocery
If you’re looking for easy, affordable, and diverse, Walmart could be your perfect grocery delivery service. Walmart offers everything under the sun from prepackaged foods to diet-friendly foods (think vegan, keto, and paleo) to fresh produce and fruit. The great thing about using the Walmart delivery service is that you can also get other sundry items such as pet food, cleaning supplies, household items, and even toiletries. It’s basically a one-stop shopping experience!
Minimum order of $30 is required and delivery fees vary, but generally top out at around $10. Of course, if you’re loving the Walmart delivery experience you can always sign up for the membership, Delivery Unlimited, which costs $12.95 monthly or $98 annually, which gets you free delivery every time.
Shipt is one of those businesses with a great motto that we can all get on board with! Founded in Birmingham, Alabama, Shipt’s mission seeks to simplify lives through convenience and freedom. How do they accomplish this? By building a network of local retailers and reliable shoppers in over 260 cities, all connected and accessible through a super easy-to-use app.
The real treat with Shipt? They have an “exclusive partnership with Target” meaning you can get your Target shopping fix with a contactless delivery! Another perk? Shipt is one of the few services that offers one-hour delivery.
Shipt also doesn’t have a minimum amount for purchasing. With that said, orders under $35 will receive a $7 delivery fee. Over $35 and it’s free delivery! If you’re really digging Shipt, you may want to consider a membership. The yearly option is $99 annually and the monthly is $14 per month.
Hungyroot is a bit of a mixture of a grocery delivery service and a meal plan service. Basically, it’s a service that combines shopping for foods that will create healthy meals. The beauty of this service is that they are built around a foundation of belief that health is essential and personalized. This means that they offer super healthy, highly picky, options to craft delicious, good-for-your-body meals.
They believe that “eating fresh, high-quality food should — and can — be convenient, no matter what healthy means to you.” Their metaphorical shelves are filled with “brands that meet [Hungryroot’s] three-point standard for nutrition, convenience, and taste.”
Each plan is “personalized based on how much food you’d like us to cover,” therefore pricing is determined on a case-by-case basis. With that said, they have a minimum order of $59 with free shipping offered beginning at $70 orders for unsubscribers. Of course, you could go for the membership, which is a weekly subscription beginning at $60 per week.
Peapod is another full-service delivery that offers groceries, household items, meal kits, and even alcohol delivery.
Pretty much anything you could ask for while locked down in your home!
Owned by Stop & Shop, Peapod is actually one of the original grocery delivery services, which means they’ve gone through their growing pains and have their system ironed out. Plus, Peapod allows you to search by local businesses, specific dietary needs, organic-preferences, and even chef-inspired meal kits with the option of next day delivery or same-day, depending on where you live.
Peapod has a minimum order of $60 and charges a delivery fee beginning at $7 depending on demand and location. Their membership program is called the PodPass and it gets you discounted deliveries. The PodPass is $35 for six months or $119 for a year.
You don’t always have to source your goods from a local retailer. What about supporting your local farmers? Getting your food directly from the earth to your doorstep? Right now is a great time to support your local farmers who are working hard through the shutdown to make sure their organizations stay afloat.
Farmbox Direct makes your support super easy!
Started by a New York City working mom with a background in Midwest farming who left her corporate job to found this business, Farmbox Direct allows you to order organic or all-natural boxes filled with fruits and veggies (or just fruits or just veggies) every week from local farmers. Feel free to personalize or substitute items depending on what you’re feeling for the following week. Plus, your box will change depending on what’s being harvested, meaning you can change your diet to flow with the natural rhythm of Mother Earth herself!
Pricing depends on whether you go organic or all-natural, fruits and veggies or just one of each, and the size. The smallest all-natural box of fruits and veggies goes for $43.95, while the largest organic box of fruits and veggies goes for $68.95.
This is one of the best options to truly support your local community! Pair it with one of the other delivery apps for household goods and you’re set every week.
Ever been to the grocery store and noticed that most of the food is in remarkable condition? Have you ever wondered what happens to those fruits and veggies that maybe aren’t just perfect?
This is where Imperfect Foods comes in!
Founded in 2015, this company is on a mission to stop food waste. In fact, their mission is to “eliminate food waste” altogether, while building “a better food system for everyone.” Each box that you receive — delivered directly to your doorstep — is filled with “imperfect (yet delicious) produce, affordable pantry items, and quality eggs and dairy.”
And, since the produce is technically “imperfect”, they offer “up to 30 [percent] discount compared to grocery store prices.” It’s basically produce shopping on a budget while supporting your local farmers and the environment.
It doesn’t get much better than that! Well … actually … it does.
Imperfect Foods can be set-up, managed, and tracked right from an easy-to-use app on your phone. Plus, it’s incredibly affordable. The Regular Box which includes fresh, conventional produce begins at $16 (this will change depending on your personal add-ons) and the Organic Box includes organically grown produce beginning at $24 and going up from there.
Reducing your meat intake and eating more plant-based foods is known to help with chronic inflammation, heart health, mental wellbeing, fitness goals, nutritional needs, allergies, gut health and more! Dairy consumption also has been linked many health problems, including acne, hormonal imbalance, cancer, prostate cancer and has many side effects.
For those of you interested in eating more plant-based, we highly recommend downloading the Food Monster App — with over 15,000 delicious recipes it is the largest plant-based recipe resource to help reduce your environmental footprint, save animals and get healthy! And, while you are at it, we encourage you to also learn about the environmental and health benefits of a plant-based diet.
Here are some great resources to get you started:
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