Need something to make for dinner tonight? If COVID has you shying away from an in-person visit to the grocery store, getting food delivered seems like a pretty good option. Whether you want farm-fresh veggies or delivery from your favorite grocery store, here are some food and grocery delivery companies that will make feeding your family a bit easier.
*As of this publishing, all of the below services had availability and supply.
As an online, membership-based marketplace, Thrive Market delivers the highest quality, healthy and sustainable products at member-only prices, while matching every paid membership with a free one for someone in need. Thrive Market carries over 5,000 organic and non-GMO products, and offers 70+ filters and values, allowing you to shop by diet and lifestyle. Read all about the service here.
Cost: Try free for 30 days and then pay $59.95 for a yearly membership. Shipping is free on orders over $49.
Perfection is out and “ugly” is in, at least when it comes to food. Imperfect Foods takes fruits and veggies that might not have made the cut for mainstream grocery stories and gets them to consumers. Start by choosing a weekly or biweekly delivery schedule with both regular and organic boxes available. There are additional add-ons available like a meat and fish pack, snack pack, dairy pack and grains pack. Everything is fully customizable from skipping your delivery entirely to swapping out items you know your family won't want.
Cost: boxes start at $17
AmazonFresh & Whole Foods Delivery
Amazon Prime members, this one's for you. You can have thousands of items including produce, meat, seafood, snacks and household essentials delivered right to your door. This includes fresh, heat-and-eat options from Whole Foods like the family meatloaf meal and the spaghetti and meatballs option. Select a two-hour delivery window with same-day delivery often available.
Cost: There's no minimum to order but you'll pay a delivery fee if your order is under $35.
Grass Roots Farmers' Cooperative
Go back to the farm with Grass Roots Farmers' Cooperative. This farm-to-fork company delivers high-quality meat straight to your door including grass-fed, grass-finished beef, forested pork and pastured poultry. All meats are free from GMOs, antibiotics and growth hormones and arrive to your home frozen. You can feel good about what you are feeding your family and you are supporting small farmers at the same time.
Cost: free shipping on orders of $120 or more
When you are looking for products to keep you and your family healthy, iHerb is the spot. This online retailer sells everything from vitamins and hair products to baking supplies and dog food. Save 10% on orders over $60 with code VALUE60.
Cost: no membership fees, just pay for what you order
If you need delivery and you need it now, goPuff is the perfect solution. Download the app and order groceries, alcohol, diapers and anything else you could need. Delivery happens right away so it's perfect for when you forgot the pizza and the pizza party is starting in an hour.
Cost: a delivery fee of $1.95 is assessed to each order and the minimum order is $8.95.
Big sizes and bigger savings are the name of the game at Boxed. Shop via the Boxed app or their website and you can find family-sized cleaning supplies, a 40 oz. jug of pretzels, those mini bags of chips that kids love and, our favorite, massive boxes of diapers so you never have to leave the house.
Cost: $20 minimum per order, $6.99 shipping cost
Chef-made, nutritionist-designed meal delivery service Territory Foods recently started offering Territory Grocery. Options: Produce Box ($60) featuring a 15+ lb. mix of garden veggies, root veggies, fruit, leafy greens and herbs; or Produce & Pantry Box ($70) including all of the above plus 2-3 lbs. of grains and legumes.
For three generations, Nuts.com has been committed to re-stocking healthy pantries with the highest-quality nuts, dried fruit, snacks and pantry staples. An ever-growing offering of more than 3,000 products includes artisan and hard-to-find products, as well as hundreds of gluten-free and organic items.
Cost: no membership fee, free shipping over $59
California Organic Avocados by Ace Ranch
If avocados are your jam, we've got the delivery service for you. Ace Ranch will deliver a dozen organic California avocados right to your door so you can get avo toast action on pronto. Add on some nuts and dried fruits like the chili pistachios and you'll have a snack that everyone loves.
Cost: a dozen avocados will cost you $35.99 with free shipping
Shop for everything you need from Walmart and never leave home—that's the beauty of Walmart Grocery. You can purchase anything that Walmart sells including groceries, clothing, electronics, diapers and more and have it delivered to your home.
Cost: Delivery fees range from $7.95-9.95, or sign up for Delivery Unlimited at $98/year
Farmbox offers various size boxes packed with seasonal, farm-fresh fresh fruits and vegetables to your door. You select the shipment size and customize your box, and check your doorstep for easy monthly deliveries.
Cost: starts at $43.95/box
The Peach Truck
If juicy, ripe peaches are on your fave fruits list, you might want to sign up with The Peach Truck, a Nashville-based company that specializes in bringing fresh Georgia peaches right to your door. Founded by a husband-and-wife duo who began by selling just-off-the-tree Georgia peaches right out of their 64' Jeep Gladiator in Nashville's farmer's markets, the small biz now delivers nationwide and has a guarantee that means if you don't love your peaches, you can get your money back.
The bad news? You've got to wait 'til prime peak season, which is late May through August (peaches begin shipping the first week of June). Until then, you can get your taste buds prepped with The Peach Truck's Georgia pecans or signature peach jam.
Cost: Peaches start at $42 a box; jams are $33 for a set of three. Deliveries run early June through late July.
If you don't mind your fruits and veggies having a few imperfections (a bent cucumber here; a "scarred" watermelon there), Misfits Market gets you tons of fresh produce at a cost that's almost half what you'd pay at a grocery store. Plus, ordering Misfits ensures that no good food goes wasted. It's a win for the environment—and for your wallet (not to mention your families' tummies).
Cost: starts at $22 a box
The Fruit Guys
Want fresh fruit—or a huge box of nutritious snacks—delivered to your door every week? The Fruit guys will send you generous-sized boxes of fruit and/or healthy snacks to your door on a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly basis. Fruit boxes contain a cornucopia of different seasonal fruits, and snack boxes have things like Chocolate Blonde Coconut Energy Bars or Spinach & Kale Fruit & Veggie Leather.
Cost: Fruit boxes start at $26; snack boxes start at $32
If you live in the Tri-State area, Pennsylvania or Delaware, this grocery delivery service offers much of what you'd find at a traditional grocery store, including seafood, dairy, deli & cheese, prepared foods, bakery items, frozen food, household essentials (like pet food and cleaning supplies), and beer and wine. There are also ready-to-eat meal kits for those days when cooking and cleaning just aren't on your to-do list.
Cost: $5.99-$9.99/delivery fee; $30/minimum order
Safeway/ Vons/ Acme
Go to the traditional grocery store from the comfort of your computer. Basically: Anything you can get at your neighborhood grocery store is available online as well. When you enter your zip code, the site redirects you to whichever Albertsons Company grocery chain is in your area, including Safeway, Acme, Vons, Haggen, Albertsons, Star Market, Tom Thumb and more.
Cost: $9.95/delivery fee on orders over $150; $12.95/delivery fee on orders under $150. (Note: These fees can vary and/or be waived if you use certain coupons and/or purchase specific items).
If you don't mind paying an $8.95 membership fee, Shipt offers next-day and same-day (sometimes) delivery from local drug and grocery stores including CVS, Target, Smart & Final, Gelsons and Petco—which means you can get everything from household essentials and hair care to children's toys and pet food.
Cost: $8.95 monthly membership fee plus delivery fees (orders over $35 are delivered free, orders under $35 come with a charge of around $7)
If you can score a delivery slot and you don't mind the added fees, Instacart is the next best thing to going to the grocery store yourself. It sends a personal shopper to gather your groceries at stores including Whole Foods, Costco and Smart & Final. The good news is that Instacart is available all over the country; the bad news is that it's also one of the most popular grocery delivery services—which means getting a shopper to do your bidding takes patience. While you may place your order today, the next available delivery slot may not be until a few days from now (if any slots are available at all). Our tip? Try placing your order late at night; it seems to up your chances.
Cost: $7.99 for one-hour delivery slots/$5.99 for two-hour delivery slots. Tip strongly encouraged.
—Kate Loweth, Melissa Heckscher & Ayren Jackson-Cannady
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