Though the covid-19 vaccine has recently become more widely available, things still aren’t quite “back to normal.” Even in the best of times, many people are unable to easily leave their homes and purchase groceries easily—something many of us likely take for granted.
Whether you’re continuing to stay indoors and practice social distancing or face challenges that make it difficult to get groceries on your own, there are a number of services that can help. They will deliver supplies right to your door so you don’t have to put yourself at risk. Here’s where to get food and other essentials.
Formerly Google Express, Google Shopping is essentially an online marketplace of retailers. At Shopping.Google.com, you can order just about any supplies you need from tons of retailers. Get health and beauty supplies from retailers like The Vitamin Shoppe and dry goods from stores like Target. Google Shopping makes it easy to compare prices, and if you meet the per-store minimum (typically $25-$35) your order ships free.
Retailers and marketplaces may have pantry items, but you probably won’t be able to get fresh produce. Online services like FreshDirect and InstaCart allow you to order groceries online and get them delivered right to your door. Walmart has a similar program that’s available in 46 states. You can check whether you’re eligible for grocery delivery services at Walmart’s website. Plus, these services offer free trials and discounts for first time users, making them a great option if you’re holed up at home.
It’s important to stay connected. All too often social distancing turns into social isolation. Make time every day or two to chat with friends and loved ones over the phone. If you have Facetime, try getting some, well, face time with them too. If you don’t have Facetime, you can use Google Hangouts or Skype for free.