Need something to make for dinner tonight? Sure, you could try the store, but if Coronavirus has you shying away from an in-person visit to the grocery store, getting food delivered seems like a pretty good option. With today’s growing demand making it tough to get your groceries when you want them, the good news is, we’re here to help! 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.
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 (Note: As of publication, all boxes were sold out, but Misfits is offering waitlist opportunities.)
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. There is also an immune-boosting box that contains things like ginger, honey, citrus and bananas—all nutrient-dense foods thought to help the immune system.
Cost: Fruit boxes start at $32; snack boxes start at $34; Immunity boxes start at $42
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.
Added perk: Some participating Fresh Direct vendors are currently donating a meal for every meal you purchase.
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.
—Melissa Heckscher & Ayren Jackson-Cannady
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