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Comparing local food delivery options during coronavirus

We looked at what grocers and services were offering the cheapest and most available delivery and pickup options, so you can stay home

OHIO, USA — Ohio Governor Mike DeWine's 'stay-at-home' order went in to effect today.

While essential businesses like restaurants and grocers and more are still staying open (to varying capacities), if you're practicing social distancing, you may want to, well, stay at home, and order groceries for pickup or delivery.

Shopping in stores has been stressful lately, with panic shopping making it difficult to find some household staples.

And with more and more people opting to stay home, online and curbside shopping can be equally difficult. So we took a look at options from grocers around the area to help you figure out what the best options might be for you.

*Delivery options vary by store, address, time and order. You may not see the same results, so it's definitely worth checking back regularly if your'e committed to shopping from home.*

Giant Eagle

Giant Eagle has curbside pickup and delivery available at or from a whole bunch of their locations. You can shop on their website, or through their app.

When I tried to fill my cart, some essentials like certain breads and eggs were unavailable.

My store is only offering pickup from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., but there weren't any pickup options open for 6 days. Delivery was either sold out or unavailable.

While normally you can choose to pay online or when you get to the store, now Giant Eagle is only accepting online payment for these orders.

The store also has some non-contact options like porch drop-off for deliveries, and putting groceries right in your car for curbside orders.


In our area, Instacart offers a number of grocery options for both delivery and pickup including:

  • Aldi
  • Heinen's
  • BJ's
  • Costco

Delivery fees vary based on the store. Aldi and Heinen's for example charge $3.99 per delivery on orders of $35 or more. Meanwhile, Costco and BJ's charge $8.99 on the same deliveries. If your order's less than $35, the delivery fee goes up. But, with Instacart, you don't need a Costco or BJ's membership.

Delivery options across the board were limited, ranging from five hours (BJ's) to five days (Costco). Heinen's is the only one of these options that offers store pickup through Instacart, but those slots were all sold out.

In order to minimize contact, all Instacart options offer "Leave On My Porch" delivery options.

Whole Foods

Whole Foods offers delivery through Amazon, and if you're a Prime customer, orders of $35 qualify for free two-hour delivery. But, good luck finding an open two-hour time slot. They open up periodically, but go quick. Sometimes the earliest delivery option is nearly a week out.

Uber Eats, Door Dash, Grubhub

If you don't want to cook, Restaurant delivery services like Uber Eats, Door Dash and Grub Hub are still up and running.

In an effort to help support local businesses, and to save you some money, Uber eats has waived all delivery fees on orders from local businesses. They've also created a porch drop-off option.

Door Dash and Grub Hub have also suspended their commissions on some local businesses for the time being, so while that might not save you money, it would do a lot to help local businesses.

And of course, there are still lots of local pickup options available that you can check out on our regularly updated guide.

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