No matter how well you prepared when you first found out you’d need to stay at home for a few weeks, no reasonable grocery stash lasts forever. And whether you’re avoiding your local store or discovered that your usual Amazon/Fresh Direct/Walmart delivery is delayed for what feels like an eternity, you might be curious about other delivery options.
We’ve rounded up a few possibilities for you to explore—but first, a few words.
While many businesses are closed or working at limited capacity, companies selling food are typically deemed “essential.” On top of that, shipping companies (FedEx, UPS, DHL, and so on) are also deemed essential. So unless an online delivery service is experiencing unusual volume or is having a hard time getting its usual products in stock, getting groceries delivered is a pretty safe bet in these uncertain times.
But do understand that as demand fluctuates, these services may need to make adjustments to expected delivery times or item availability.
The easiest way to get food delivered fast is to buy it from a local source.
If you follow your local farmers market on social media, check there for information for vendors offering home delivery or curbside pickup. Some are even offering variety boxes in conjunction with other makers and producers. Don’t overlook the opportunity to buy paper products or natural cleaning products from local businesses, too. My local package-free shop has been my curbside source for toilet paper by the roll.
Not sure where to look? You can find a local farm or CSA program near you on the LocalHarvest directory. The directory includes produce growers, farmers markets, eggs, meat—anything that might be produced locally.
Now onto the bigger guys, by approximate grocery category.
Note: We’re only including companies that are clearly stating they’re taking new customers/orders and don’t anticipate serious shipping delays. Feel free to recommend your favorite delivery option in the comments.
Misfits Market sends organic produce starting at $22 per delivery.
Imperfect Foods offers delivery of produce and fresh grocery products as well as some pantry items. You must order a minimum of $30 per week and shipping costs $5-6.
Farmbox Direct sells produce boxes starting at $43.95.
Omaha Steaks offers poultry, seafood, and even sides alongside its namesake product. You can order a la carte or sign up for Re-Stock Reservation, which sends a variety pack on a future date you select.
Shipping is free when you order more than $169, so keep that in mind if you’re not ready to truly stock up your freezer.
Porter Road offers beef, pork, lamb and chicken a la carte or in a subscription box. The company is warning customers that there may be shipping delays of five to seven days for orders, but it’s trying to minimize those delays. Free shipping is available for orders over $100.
Thrive Market is a membership service for meat, pantry items, wine, and even baby and pet supplies. The membership costs $59.95 per year ($9.95 if you pay per month), but you can try it for 30 days and get a full refund if you cancel. Orders over $49 are shipped free.
Grove Collaborative sells cleaning and personal care products with a focus on eco-friendly or ethically made options. The company is warning about longer delivery times (6-8 days vs. the usual two days).
The big benefit of meal kits right now is that every single ingredient you need is coming in the same box. It avoids the pain of planning a recipe, only to find your local store or delivery service is out of stock for that one item the recipe relies on.
Blue Apron subscriptions start at $48 per week for two meals (two servings each).
Hello Fresh starts at about $50 per week for three meals (two servings each).
Home Chef is highly customizable which makes prices vary, but it starts at $7 per serving.
Freshly offers prepared meals ranging from $8 to $11.50 per meal, depending on how many you buy per week.