Can I Order Meal Delivery Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic?
We're continuing to monitor the COVID-19 situation with regards to whether or not some meal delivery services will be altering their operation schedules, geographic restrictions, and/or frequency of shipments. As of now, most meal delivery services seem to be operating under a normal schedule, expanding inventory to continue to provide meals, are complying with FDA regulations, and are monitoring CDC recommendations closely. However, there are a handful of companies (and we have noted them below) who have had to scale back deliveries and are having delays of one to two weeks.
A Note From a Medical Professional:
"Having food delivered is felt to be safe at this time, but an emphasis on disinfecting and avoiding close contact with people remains. Asking to have the food delivered to your doorstep and not directly handed to you is one precaution to directly avoid contact with another person. Any container should be wiped with a disinfectant, and you should wash your hands immediately after [receiving your food] to further minimize the already low risk of food delivery."
— Joseph Khabbaza, MD, a pulmonologist at Cleveland Clinic
Our Top Picks
Best Overall: Sun Basket
"They use 99 percent organic ingredients in their meals."
Most Popular: Blue Apron
"One of the largest and most popular meal delivery services."
Best Flexible: Home Chef
"You can choose to receive two through six servings for each recipe."
Best Vegan: Purple Carrot
"This service allows you to make delicious plant-based meals."
Best Keto: Green Chef
"These meals don’t contain any grains, excess sugar, or gluten."
Best for Quick Meals: Gobble
"Delivers pre-prepared ingredients so you can have a meal ready quickly."
Best Budget: Dinnerly
"Their meals cost $4.99 per serving, which is more affordable."
Best for Singles: Freshly
"Freshly offers single-serving meals so you won’t have to throw away food."
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Prefer to eat organic when you can? Then you’ll love Sun Basket, which uses 99 percent organic ingredients in its tasty meals! This service also caters to a wide variety of dietary requirements with its paleo, gluten-free, vegan, diabetes-friendly and carb-conscious meal plans.
Sun Basket offers two options of servings. First, there’s the two-serving option, where you get two, three, or four meals weekly, starting at $10.99 for the four-meal option. Alternatively, there’s the four-serving option, which has up to four family-focused meals. From this menu, you can get either two, three, or four meals per week, and each serving is $10.99.
Another thing that’s great about Sun Basket is that the packaging is recyclable and/or compostable, so you don’t need to worry about contributing waste to the landfill.
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Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Blue Apron is experiencing an overload of orders, and are therefore unable to keep up with demand, due to strain on product availability and fulfillment. This may mean that any orders or subscriptions placed through Blue Apron will be shipped later than expected.
One of the largest and most popular meal delivery services is Blue Apron—and for good reason! This well-known service is reasonably priced and offers delicious meals that are sure to please your taste buds. Their meals start at $7.49 a serving, and there’s no commitment—you can cancel your subscription or skip a week at any time.
Blue Apron offers a few plans for you to choose from: You can get two or three recipes per week for two people; or two, three, or four recipes a week for four people. There are also specialty Weight Watchers or vegetarian plans you can select. Depending on which plan you choose, there are up to eight recipe options each week, and your ingredients will be delivered in recyclable packaging that will keep them fresh until you get home. Overall, Blue Apron checks all the boxes in terms of convenience, taste, and price, making it one of the best meal delivery subscriptions available today.
Meal delivery services can also make a great gift! For more gift options, check out our favorite gifts for foodies.
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Home Chef is another top-rated meal delivery service that offers lots of flexibility. Their meals start at $6.99 per serving, but “premium” recipes can cost more. Home Chef also offers “Add Ons” like lunch recipes and smoothies that you can use as a snack!
This meal-delivery service offers more than a dozen recipes each week for you to choose from, and they also have a unique “Customize It” feature that allows you to swap out the protein source on select recipes—ideal if you’re catering to a picky eater. Plus, you can choose to receive 2, 4, or 6 servings for each recipe, making it one of the more flexible meal kits out there.
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As of March 23rd, 2020, Purple Carrot wants to reassure customers that despite the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the service will continue to deliver meals to customers as scheduled.
For delicious plant-based meals, you should consider Purple Carrot, which offers a variety of meals to fit your vegan lifestyle. This meal-delivery service doesn’t have as many weekly recipes for you to choose from, but the ones it does offer are undeniably tasty.
With Purple Carrot, you can choose between the two-serving plan and four-serving plan. With the two-serving option, you’ll get three recipes per week, and each serving costs $11.99. With the four-serving plan, you get two recipes per week, and each serving costs just $9.99. The company also offers breakfast and lunch add-ons, making it easier than ever to stick to a plant-based diet.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Green Chef is experiencing an overload of orders, and are therefore unable to keep up with demand, due to strain on product availability and fulfillment. This may mean that any orders or subscriptions placed through Green Chef will be shipped later than expected.
The ketogenic diet, which involves eating low-carb, high-fat meals, has become increasingly popular in the last few years. If you’re looking for a keto meal delivery service, one of your best options is Green Chef, which offers a keto plan—along with a variety of other options to cater to just about every dietary requirement.
With Green Chef’s keto plan, you’ll get three meals per week that serve two people. You can choose from a total of five recipes each week, and each serving costs $12.99. These meals don’t contain any grains, excess sugar, or gluten, making them an ideal supplement to your keto lifestyle.
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One of the downfalls of meal delivery kits is that you still have to spend a fair amount of time prepping each meal. If you have a busy schedule and want to keep meal prep to a minimum, you may want to look into Gobble, which delivers pre-prepared ingredients so you can have a meal ready in around 15 minutes.
Gobble offers both two- and four-person plans and each plan delivers three meals per week. You can also add additional meals, as well as sides, soups, and desserts if you want more food. All the ingredients come ready to cook, so there’s no peeling, chopping, or dicing required.
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Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Dinnerly is experiencing an overload of orders, and are therefore unable to keep up with demand, due to strain on product availability and fulfillment. This may mean that any orders or subscriptions placed through Dinnerly will be shipped later than expected.
Many meal delivery services cost around $10 per serving, and if this is out of your price range, you may want to consider Dinnerly, which is around half the price! Their meals cost $4.99 per serving, making meal deliveries more accessible for those on a budget.
You can choose from a few Dinnerly plans: they offer two- and four-person boxes, and you can receive three, four, or five recipes per week. You can opt into a vegetarian plan if you want, and all the recipes have just six ingredients, making them quicker and easier to prepare. Like most meal subscriptions, you can skip weeks whenever you want and cancel any time, so you’re not locked into any type of commitment.
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Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Freshly is experiencing an overload of orders, and are therefore unable to keep up with demand, due to strain on product availability and fulfillment. This may mean that any orders or subscriptions placed through Freshly will be shipped later than expected.
If you live alone, you may not want to purchase a two-person meal delivery kit. Luckily, Freshly offers single-serving meals that can save you from wasting any food. However, unlike most meal delivery services, Freshly delivers pre-made meals—no cooking required.
Each week Freshly has more than 30 recipes for you to choose from, and you can opt to receive four, six, nine, or 12 meals every week. The more meals you get, the cheaper the price per meal—so if you get four meals a week, it’s $11.50 per meal, but if you get 12 meals, it’s only $7.99 each.
All you have to do is heat up Freshly meals, and they’re ready to eat! It’s ideal if you’re strapped for time, and as an added bonus, the recipes are gluten-free, packed with protein, and free from refined sugars.
Want more pre-made foods? Check out our favorite food-of-the-month clubs.
Our writers spent 3 hours researching the most popular meal delivery service on the market. Before making their final recommendations, they considered 17 different meal delivery service overall, screened options from 16 different brands and manufacturers, read over 30 user reviews (both positive and negative) and tested 3 of the meal delivery services themselves. All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.