Going to the grocery store is getting tougher by the week. The impact of COVID-19 has forced people to flock to the grocery store in droves, often leading to long lines, shortages of food and long checkout times. For many people, the overall stress of even going out at all is a lot to bear. While you still need food and other essentials, there are a lot of reasons not to leave the house. This is why online food and grocery delivery services have become a vital alternative for individuals and families during this time. If you need supplies for the house, you can use apps and delivery services to get non-perishable pantry items and provide online meal kits. Many of them are rolling out new features and membership options to keep up with demand. These days, you can walk the virtual aisles and browse through lists of options. Whether you want to order a meal-kit or order a ready-made meal, there is something for everyone and we're going to walk you through some of the best services going right now.
Yes, some of your favourite restaurants have closed but this is the time to find new favourites and do your part to help keep the food and hospitality industry alive. We’ve highlighted some of the best food delivery apps you can use to help you bridge the gap between meals. Check it out:
You know it as one of the giants in the food delivery space but its service has only ramped up with more people ordering takeout. You can get discounts if it’s your first time ordering through the app and there are also a variety of promo codes you can find online to save money when you order. You can capitalize on the many deals that restaurants are offering. You can also can get everything from Chinese, Greek, burgers, Indian food and so much more.
HelloFresh is another handy option if you’re looking to deliver fresh ingredients right to your door. HelloFresh has three separate plans — the Pronto Plan, Family Plan and the Veggie Plan — that will allow you to order pre-portioned ingredients to your door every week. They work closely with local suppliers to provide you with fresh food and step-by-step recipes so that you can save time on grocery store trips. This is a great option if you can’t make it to the grocery store as often as you’d like but still want the freedom to cook your own meals. The recipes are quick and easy, and take 30 minutes to make.
Offering a 15-minute kit solution when you can’t get to the grocery store, you can get pre-cut ingredients so you can cook the meals you like. Working in tandem with HelloFresh, you can get a variety of different ingredients. The menu changes every week so the options don’t get stale; you can expect items such as a spicy Thai peanut satay chicken dish or Cajun-spiced Halloumi burgers with spicy sweet potato fries. They cater to the meat eater, the vegetarian and the flexitarian. On top of that, the meal-kits are pretty affordable too.
Finish the day or start the morning with a cup of tea from David’s Tea. Inviting you into the world of loose-leaf tea, you can get a 10% off your first purchase through their website. Whether it’s for you or it’s a gift for Mother’s Day, there are a lot of options to choose from. You can browse through the Mother’s Day collection, the organic section or even the Tea for Kids section. There are also breakfast teas that will help you with detox and digestion. Find herbal and organic tea blends for colds; sleep and relaxation; alertness and focus; and, hydration.
Have your coffee delivered to your door and save 15% on recurring orders. Using K-Pod technology, you can have a choice between whole-bean coffee or ground coffee. You can also choose coffee or espresso. You can also buy 5 coffees for the price of 4 by using codes available the top of their website. Click the link above and tap into the new deals on product, shipping and more. They also have illy Coffee machines on sale, tea and accessories as well.
MealPal offers a two different meal plans: you can choose from the 12-meal plan ($100) or the 20-meal plan ($150). What’s great about MealPal is that they donate a portion of the proceeds to restaurants in your city.
Starting on April 15, you can order fresh produce from one of Toronto’s new grocery delivery services — Mister Produce. Delivery takes about every other day but you can find great, fresh produce here that can be delivered directly to your door. Fruits, vegetables, frozen goods, dairy, herbs and garnishes are all available for order. You can also get various kinds of pastas. The minimum order is $75. Due to high demand, there may be some items sold out but overall, it’s a pretty great service if you live in the Greater Toronto Area.
Select all the items you need from your personal store and select items that you can deliver straight to your door. Depending on the location, you can get same-day delivery and you shop straight from the app (available on iOS and Android) or directly from the website if you prefer your computer's bigger screen. Instacart charges a 7.5 % service fee on all orders, plus $3.99 on orders more than $35 or $7.99 for orders up to $35. It's $2 more to get groceries in an hour and there's a “Busy Pricing Fee” for delivery times in high demand.
Partnering with a variety of different grocery stores, independent markets and even The Beer Store, Inabuggy charges a flat $19.98 delivery fee and that’s the case no matter how much you order. Personal shoppers do the grocery shopping for you, picking, packing and delivering your groceries, while ensuring that the quality and freshness is as it's very best. You can shop with in-store pricing from your favourite grocery stores, and have them delivered to your home or office. You can also shop your order from multiple stores and have it delivered all in one order. Just remember that if you add a stop at a second store for the same order, you pay an additional $9.99.
It’s going to be a while before things get back to normal so it's important that you have all the tools you need to live as comfortably as possible.. Whether you’re looking to order food or have a meal-kit delivery plan, there are ways to beat the lines at the big box grocery stores. Try the options above or browse through our forum to learn more about other options.