As you stay in your homes to properly social distance and stay safe during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, you should be limiting how often you go to the grocery store too. If you’re missing a few key ingredients or need a bit of a restock, there are a few grocery delivery services that you can turn to. Although many have warned on their sites that deliveries are experiencing a high demand (which is to be expected), they are still fulfilling orders on delayed schedules. As always, double-check how the services are running in your area because options may be limited depending on where you’re ordering from.

You should also stay in the loop about how your local grocery stores are running, what items are best to stock up on, and what exactly non-contact delivery consists of.

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FreshDirect has a wide selection of products, both fresh produce and meats, as well as packaged foods and cleaning supplies, that you can get delivered to your home. This service is a bit more select with where it delivers to with the main cities being New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. With the increase in demand, FreshDirect is limiting the product selection to only include the items families need the most right now and are looking to hire more employees where necessary. The service is also delivering groceries using touch-less delivery practices.

You can read more about how FreshDirect is currently functioning here.


You may use Postmates for takeout, but you can also use it for grocery and alcohol delivery as well. In select locations, there’s a “Fresh” tab that will show all of the grocery delivery options in your area. Postmates has also introduced no-contact delivery on all orders.

You can read more about how Postmates is currently functioning here.

Thrive Market

Thrive Market requires a membership to make grocery orders. It delivers organic products to your door at a lesser cost than most and charges $69 for an annual membership fee and gives free carbon-neutral shipping on orders over $49. Due to increased demand, Thrive Market is currently suggesting you place orders one-to-two weeks prior to when you may need them.

You can read more about how Thrive Market is currently functioning here.


Peapod delivery service is owned and operated by Stop & Shop, so only individuals who are within certain zones can use this option. Peapod currently has the grocery pick-up option suspended for safety concerns and has said that at-home deliveries are more backed up than usual.

You can read more about how Peapod is currently functioning here.


Instacart allows you to choose where your groceries come from, depending on your area. Retailers like Wegman’s, Costco, and Aldi are included for example. Employees of Instacart will then shop your list for you, making the prices a bit heftier than a trip to the grocery store. A “leave at my door” delivery option is the default choice at the moment, and the company has said that wait times are currently longer than usual.

You can read more about how Instacart is currently functioning here.


Shipt is available in over 200 cities and delivers products from local grocery stores in your area and other retailers like Petco. You have to be a member to use Shipt (which costs $14 per month or $99 per year). Personal shoppers fulfill Shipt orders, so products might be a little pricer than they would be on the shelf. Shipt is currently offering non-contact delivery and has opened up more time slots due to demand.

You can read more about how Shipt is currently functioning here.


At Boxed, you can shop wholesale without ever leaving your home. The company has a private label called Prince & Spring, but you can also get your Costco favorites like Kirkland signature items and the go-to rotisserie chicken from this service—even without a Costco membership. There is currently a high demand for Boxed deliveries, so the company warns that orders could be delayed for four (or more) days.

You can read more about how Boxed is currently functioning here.

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