Where do I even begin on the topic of our world right now? It’s been almost two weeks of quarantining at home. Something I didn’t think would ever happen to all of us at once. I’ve been working out, crafting, relaxing, soaking up time with my little family and connecting with family and friends via the wonders of technology. While it’s not ideal, I can’t change the circumstances around me right now so I’m going with the flow and trying to be as positive as possible.
COVID-19 has also caused a huge adjustment to the way I think about life outside of my home on many levels, but the biggest has been the logistics of how to get the resources we need when we need them.
Never did I think I’d see Chewy’s quick shipping times delayed or see a time when Amazon Prime doesn’t exist because two days just isn’t possible. Grocery stores are devoid of meat, bread, eggs and toilet paper. It’s like we’ve been preparing for a hurricane for over a month. Things we have gotten accustomed to are no longer readily available, but it’s also been eye opening for me on what I NEED in this life and what I can live without.
Getting enough food and the right types of food without coming in contact with other humans has been…interesting. I’ve gathered a few tips from Instagram (Thanks Ashleigh for always being a beacon of info!), my friends who work in the food industry and my own shopping habits and hope you can find some useful information here to keep your family happy and healthy!
Grocery Store Pick-Up or Delivery
I’m doing everything in my power to NOT go into a grocery store right now. Since food is the one thing everyone needs right now, I’m fearful that my chances of coming in contact with someone who has COVID-19 is higher in this particular place. Some grocery stores offer curbside pickup or delivery from their locations.
If your local grocery store has closed down their curbside pickup or delivery services due to a lack of supply, Instacart is a great option! Instacart is an app that allows you to select a store, shop online and then an Instacart staff member shops for you and drops the groceries off at your home. This is my preferred option when dealing with groceries because there is very little human contact. I also recommend taking things out of boxes if you are able (applesauce pouches straight to the pantry/fridge, cans removed from outer packaging, etc) and take the boxes straight to your recycling bins.
Amazon Fresh/Whole Foods
If you are an Amazon Prime member you can shop at Whole Foods from the Amazon app! It’s super easy to search for the items you want and fill your cart. There is an easy chat option through the app that allows your personal shopper to message you with any substitutions right away so your order can be fulfilled quickly. There can be delays with any of the grocery delivery options so think ahead to what you may need and order early!
Amazon Pantry allows you to shop for groceries from Amazon and have it shipped to you. I haven’t personally used Amazon Pantry, but I can imagine that the delays Amazon is experiencing would translate into this service as well so I’d order early!
Local Catering Companies
Local catering companies are doing what they can to stay afloat and provide meals while restaurants are closing their doors. La Prima Catering is a local catering company to Washington DC and they are offering delicious family style meals that are ready to eat or can be frozen and saved for later at a discount. Do a quick search for local companies near you and visit their websites/social media channels to learn more!
Ready Made Meals
Companies like Territory Foods prepare ready to eat meals that are available for delivery. If you are not as comfortable in the kitchen and preparing your own meals seems daunting, they are a great option to have a stocked kitchen without the hassle!
Meal Kit Subscriptions
Hello Fresh, Blue Apron, Home Chef, and Purple Carrot are just a few of the many meal kit companies that exist at the moment. Visit their website and select meals you’d like to make in your own kitchen. A box will show up at your doorstep with all of the necessary ingredients and recipe cards with easy steps to follow. This is a great option if you are new to cooking and want to learn or just don’t want to shop at the store!
Farmers are still working and fresh produce is still making it’s way into the local stores meaning CSA’s can still function! Sign up with a local CSA to receive local produce either to your doorstep or available to pick up already bundled for you. It’ll save you the trip to the store! It’s also so important to have healthy items on hand to keep you feeling good and energized while at home.
Takeout/Pickup/Delivery from Local Restaurants
The Food Industry has taken a HUGE hit from the COVID-19 outbreak and I believe that we need to support local restaurants as much as possible. In my town some restaurants have closed their doors, but others have adapted and are offering curbside pickup and delivery from their normal or a slightly condensed menu. Take extra precautions by asking the delivery driver to drop the takeout containers at your door step and transfer the food to your own plates to enjoy.
Neighbors & Family
If all else fails, don’t be ashamed to reach out to local family members or friends to help especially if you are more at risk. We all want to help and make a difference during this crazy time in our life and folks are willing to give more than ever.
Take care of yourself, your loved ones and each other right now and please feel free to use me as a resource or reach out if you need help in any way!