We all want to do our best for our family and our neighbors during the Corona Virus (COVID-19) pandemic. By now most of us have heard the recommendations from the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) to help prevent the spread of this virus.
Read the factsheet here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/2019-ncov-factsheet.pdf
Information CDC doesn’t share are the practical ways to make sure we can still eat and feed our families while adhering to our ‘at-home isolation’ protocols.
If you haven’t had the chance to stock up on groceries because the Corona Virus took you by surprise here are five practical recommendations.
- Doordash, GrubHub, Uber Eats, or Reputable, Local Restaurants that Deliver
If you are needing one or two meals, this option would work. The advantage is you get a hot meal delivered to your door and you don’t have to stand up and cook or ask someone to do it for you. The disadvantage is this can get expensive very quickly.
A short google search can help you find local restaurants or hot meal delivery services.
Here are the web sites for the top three national meal delivery services:
- Doordash- One of our top national take-out delivery services. Click here to learn more: https://www.doordash.com/
- GrugHub- Is another popular food delivery service. Find their details at https://www.grubhub.com/ For a limited time KFC is offering free delivery through GrubHub. Click here for details: https://www.kfc.com/
- Uber Eats- The sister company to one of the nations’ top rideshare services will also bring food to your door. Find all of their details here: https://www.ubereats.com/
- Grocery Home Delivery
Many national grocery chains now offer grocery home-delivery in different areas of the nation. If you are lucky enough to live in an area with delivery (and it isn’t unreasonably priced) this is a great option. You select your groceries and have them delivered to your door without putting the burden on a friend or family member.
Here are the web addresses for three national chains offering grocery home delivery to many local areas:
- Kroger– https://www.kroger.com/ and their sister company King Soopers-https://www.kingsoopers.com/
- Safeway– https://www.safeway.com/
- Walmart– https://www.walmart.com/
- Ask a friend or family member to pick up what you need
One of the easiest ways to do this is to order your groceries online and set up a pick-up time.
This way you don’t have to ask them to pay for your groceries and reimburse them later.
You select what you want and not what they think you may like.
Many national chains are already providing a grocery pick-up service. Walmart (https://www.walmart.com/) has grocery pick-up for free but you have to purchase a minimum amount and pay online. KingSoopers (https://www.kingsoopers.com/) also offers grocery pick up in some areas but they charge a nominal amount for the service.
If you have to ask someone to help, this may be the most convenient for your friend or loved one.
If ordering your groceries is not an option, make sure you give your friend or family member a specific list. Texting or emailing it to them makes this easy and limits possible exposure from you.
Make sure you don’t ask someone to pick up your groceries and expect them to go into debt for you. Be prepared to get them paid either via Apple Pay, PayPal or cash when they drop off your groceries.
Other options may exist in your area but a quick search on your phone or computer should help you find out what services are available.
- Meal Delivery Kits/Services
If you know you are just coming down with Corona, you may want to consider Meal Delivery Kits.
Of course, the cost is something to take into account but if you have a young teen at home or someone inexperienced with cooking meals this may help with meal preparation. A quick google search will help you figure out which kits or service is best for your situation
Here is a short list of the top Meal Kit Home Delivery Companies in no particular order. Check out their websites for pricing, availability in your areas, and other details.
- Hello Fresh- https://www.hellofresh.com/
- Green Chef- https://greenchef.com/
- Sun Basket- https://sunbasket.com/
- Fresh and Easy- https://www.freshandeasy.com/
- Blue Apron- https://www.blueapron.com/
- Home Chef- https://www.homechef.com/
- Plated- https://www.plated.com/
- Your Church
Many churches still take care of families by providing meals for a while. Generally, they provide this service to support families after the birth of a baby or surgery on a family member.
Please keep in mind if you are fortunate to have a church family who supports its congregation in this way, make sure you do the same for the next family in need.
It is a great way to serve your community and your church family too!
The CDC Says: Stay home -Except to get medical care, avoid public areas, and avoid public transportation.
Let’s face it, we all want to adhere to the CDC recommendations. However, circumstances may leave us no other choice but to make the trip for ourselves.
If you must go out, do your best to limit the exposure of those around you. Try avoiding public transportation and pick ‘off-peak’ times at the grocery store. Wearing a mask, coughing into your elbow, and washing your hands will also help. If a sink is not readily available for handwashing, use hand sanitizer until a sink can be located.
Click here for help finding masks and hand sanitizer. https://www.promotionstore.com/covid-19-coronavirus-prevention-products-custom-printed.htm
Most everyone is going to have to ask for help at some point in their lives. Right now, we have the opportunity to pull together as communities and as a nation to help everyone get through this.
Please be supportive and patient with our families, friends, and fellow Americans as we weather this storm together.
Disclaimer: The above ideas are by no means medical recommendations but rather practical suggestions to help keep you and your family fed while still limiting exposure to those around you in efforts to prevent the spread of the Corona Virus. (COVID-19)
CDC “What to do if you are sick” Recommendations: