How to Get Food Without Leaving Your House


Today’s Updates

For anyone who is homebound or sheltering-in-place: Food. Rent. Internet. Unemployment. Paid Leave. Student Loans. Doctor’s Visits. What to Do During School Closings. Important updates and bright ideas: Read the Latest Updates

Tips for Getting Groceries

Online Grocery Stores

Stores that let you shop online and deliver to your home. Some have stopped accepting new customers. You may need to try a few:

Online Local Grocery Stores

  • FreshDirect some areas of NY and NJ
  • Green Bean Delivery – midwest
  • Hungry Harvest – Maryland, Washington D.C., Virginia, Greater Philadelphia, Southern New Jersey, Northern Delaware, South Florida, The Triangle Area and Charlotte in North Carolina and the Detroit Metro Area.
  • Misfits Market – Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Maine, Ohio, West Virginia, Washington, D.C., Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Alabama, Georgia, Florida and Tennessee.
  • OurHarvest – New York City and Long Island.

US Wellness Meats

US Wellness Meats pastured meats delivery. Reader’s tip: I found that eating fully pastured meats helped me feel better than eating stuff from the grocery store. I used  for several years. If I timed my order right I would get my meat on the weeks that they offered a 15% discount.”


Most stores on this page do not accept EBT, SNAP, CalFresh or food stamps. Please check out this page instead: How to Get Groceries Delivered with SNAP

Food Banks

Reader’s report that some food banks are adding delivery services. Food banks offer free groceries to people in need. Find a Food Bank in Your Area

Imperfect Foods

Imperfect foods sells ugly but lovable (and affordable) produce. They also have other groceries. They are in 32 states. Where they deliver. How to order: Sign up here.

Update: During coronavirus time, mixed reports from readers. Some problems with food items being missing or damaged in shipping and not getting refunds.

Stores That Shop For You

Some stores will allow you to place your order online. They will do the shopping for you and have your groceries ready at the register.

Sometimes you can just drive up and they will load your car (you never have to get out of the car!)

Here’s a few large chains that offer this: Giant Eagle and Shoprite and Kroger

Food Co-ops

Many food co-ops are creating special hours where elderly and immune-compromised members can shop without crowds and stress. Food Co-ops offer healthy foods and wonderful communities: Find a Food Co-op in Your Area.


Community Supported Agriculture programs provide healthy, high quality produce while supporting sustainable farmers and local farms. They may have drop off points at your house or in your area. If they don’t deliver to your door, contact them and let them know you are homebound and ask if it is possible.


🌷 Pill pack pharmacy delivery

🌷 Zenni glasses delivery. (super cheap!)

Shopping Assistance for People with Disabilities

🌷 Meals on Wheels – Delivers full meals. Some programs will serve people of any age.

🌷 Disability home aide programs may be able to provide assistance with shopping plus, many other things. 

🌷 Area Agency on Aging – Call them even if you are young.

🌷 How to Shop Without Standing Up – Good tips and smart ideas from homebound and bedridden friends.

Remember ME

This blog was created by people with ME/CFS (Sometimes called “Chronic Fatigue Syndrome”).

Being homebound is nothing new to us. Many of us have been homebound or bedridden for five, or ten, or twenty years.

There is now a great deal of support, understanding, and help available to people staying home during Coronavirus, but none of this was available to us all these years, and when Coronavirus is over, it may go away again.

As you go about your day, please take a moment to think about your homebound friends. You may be able to go back out someday, but we may never be able to.



6 thoughts on “How to Get Food Without Leaving Your House”

  1. Just to let everyone know, Imperfect Foods is no longer offering 33% off for people who have SNAP. I signed up tonight, 10/19/21, and found that their list of people receiving the discount is full.


  2. Thanks.. after watching so many YT videos of people saying how to prep and stock up for those of us on low income it just isn’t possible. Alot of food stores in my area aren’t honoring ad sales due to limited quantity, that’s been hurting not being able to budget my money on food or stock up.

    I didn’t think to check if any food pantries are delivering so that is a good idea. I wish some of the food delivery services would offer free delivery- the government could help fund something like to stop people from going out


  3. These articles have already been pretty helpful, and I appreciate that. Because of one of them I learned that I could have food stamps and my son could have his own case. Doing it that way really helped.


  4. I agree that many stores have electric scooter(s) near the front and you can also ask store staff to help you load the basket in the front. For example, Trader Joe’s, Costco, and some Safeways have this: call your local store ahead of time to check and ask for help.

    Don’t be embarrassed about asking for help. I have had a few times when staff look skeptical since I am young-looking even for my older age. I tell them I have a chronic illness (no need for details or your life story) and most actually feel bad and try to say something sympathetic. for the most part, I get no looks or questions. People just accept I need help.


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