5 delivery services to use to order groceries from your couch

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With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommending specific guidelines for social distancing in many communities, running traditional errands like grocery shopping seems like a risk, but you don’t have to panic. While inventory at your local grocery store might be running low, there are ways online to get your food items, pantry essentials and other household goods.

If you’re working from home, it’s good practice to keep your same routine (whether that’s the morning ritual of a cup of coffee or an hour-long lunch break), which means you’ll need to have plenty of food on hand to make more meals. Plus, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is advising that you should stock at least two weeks’ worth of food so you minimize the amount of time out in grocery stores as much as possible.

As we all navigate the new life of social distancing, there are several grocery delivery services that are a godsend right now and are trying to maintain regular shipments and deliveries. While stock on certain items might be low in some areas, below are five grocery delivery sites to check if you’re in a situation where you need groceries and household items delivered directly to your door. Each company is also providing updates on touchless delivery and stock updates, so be sure to check each service’s homepage or FAQ page for daily updates.

1. Fresh Direct

For those in the Northeast, Fresh Direct is a fan favorite for fresh produce and a selection of household items. Typically you need to place your order about a day in advance, but the minimum order is $30 with delivery fees starting at $6. For same-day grocery delivery, Foodkick by Fresh Direct is also a convenient option.

Get started with Fresh Direct here.

2. Instacart

What’s different about Instacart is that a personal shopper will shop at a variety of local grocery stores and deliver your wishlist within the hour (depending on your location). And if the shopper must substitute items, they’ll personally text you with updates about anything that might be unavailable. A minimum order is $10, and delivery fees are $4 for non-members.

Get started with Instacart here.

3. Peapod

If you’re a fan of the food brands and organic items you can shop at Stop & Shop, you’ll love Peapod —it’s owned and operated by the grocery store chain. Peapod offers next-day and same-day delivery for New York City residents and other select areas with a $30 minimum and $3 delivery fees.

Get started with Peapod here.

4. Hungryroot

As a mix between a meal-subscription service and a grocery-delivery site, Hungryroot allows you to build a customized plan for yourself, along with two or three-plus people, with groceries that you love. And when you receive your items, you’ll also receive 10-minute recipes to help you turn your groceries into meals. Pricing plans average from $60 to $100 per week, and orders over $70 receive free shipping

Get started with Hungryroot here.

5. Amazon Fresh

If you’re already an Amazon Prime member, you’ll be delighted to know that Amazon Fresh is a free and included service for you. But if you’re not a Prime member, you can sign up here. Like any other grocery delivery service, Amazon Fresh offers fresh product, meat and seafood, dairy and eggs, snacks and frozen foods, but with more delivery locations available across the country. Be sure to check out the Fresh Deals page that highlights items on sale. With an order minimum of $35, you can select the day and time for your delivery window.

Get started with Amazon Fresh here.

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