At the beginning of March, before the coronavirus came to our city, I wrote an article for Springs about the convenience of getting groceries delivered to your doorstep. The original focus was the benefit for people who may have health or mobility conditions that make going to the grocery store a challenge, or busy parents who don’t want to bring small children to the store. For me, it was migraines triggered by the noise and fluorescent lights inside supermarkets that led to grocery delivery.
Now in the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve all experienced challenges and safety concerns when it comes to getting groceries. With Coloradans under official orders to stay at home, grocery delivery has become a public health necessity for much of our at-risk population and a benefit for any shopper. Here is your guide to getting food delivered to your car or your home, without setting foot inside the supermarket.
Purchasing locally sourced food from area farms, ranches and dairies is a great way to support our local businesses during this time. Royal Crest Dairy will drop off Colorado milk and other dairy products inside a white box on your front porch. Corner Post Farms delivers ranch-raised meat. Last summer, George Lumm and his family started Farm to Fork Colorado as a way to provide the Pikes Peak Region with fresh fruits and vegetables. “We try to get as much local produce as possible, and we deliver it in a box to your door,” Lumm says. Farm to Fork sources produce from local farms when possible and, during the winter season, sources food from farms in northern California and other areas with longer growing seasons.
Local supermarkets are also providing alternative shopping options during the pandemic. King Soopers, Safeway, Mountain Mama Natural Foods, Walmart, Whole Foods and Target are providing special hours for high-risk customers. Contact your neighborhood store to find out more information, as hours vary.
A few King Soopers stores are currently offering pick-up ordering. Even before the pandemic, busy accountant and mother Purvi Sittner regularly ordered her groceries online from King Soopers, and the staff would deliver the order to the family car when they arrived. “It’s a lot less expensive because you aren’t tempted by the sales that you see in the store, although you can search for the sale items on the website,” Sittner says. “Per month it saves us about $100 a month on average because you aren’t buying impulse items that you may or may not use.”
According to store employee Drew Baca, the Safeway on Union and Research offers Drive-Up and Go order pickups with an hour window, and home grocery delivery with 24-hour notice. Baca says the store covers a delivery area ranging from Monument to Peyton to just south of Colorado Springs.
Please note that all of the online ordering systems are experiencing very high volume, and many specific brands or products may not be available right now.
Here are some current local options, from local producers and businesses to national chains.
Locally Sourced Food Delivery to Your Doorstep
Royal Crest Dairy
Available: milk, cheese, cookie dough, juice and newly added bread
Royal Crest is only taking new customer orders through its website.
Corner Post Meat
Available: local ranch-raised meats including chicken, pork, lamb, and beef
As of publication of this article, Corner Post is taking orders online only and offering drive-thru pickup in Black Forest.
Farm to Fork Colorado
Available: vegetables, fruits, free-range eggs and artisan products
Colorado Farm 2 U
Available: fruits, vegetables, honey, herbs and free-range eggs
Supermarkets and Delivery Services
Other options for getting food to your doorstep (or car). During this time, expect that many of the items that you would like to order will be out of stock at any of these stores, so please be patient with your shopper/delivery driver.
Available: Delivery and pickup services are available but vary from store to store. Check with your neighborhood supermarket for details.
Available: Delivery and pickup services are available but vary by location. Pickup is currently available at a handful of local stores, including 8750 N. Union Blvd. and 2890 N. Powers Blvd. plus in Falcon, Fountain and Monument.
Prime at Whole Foods Market
Amazon Prime members can get free delivery of Whole Food products, although their typical two-hour delivery is likely to be longer.
Instacart is a third-party app that allows you to order groceries from select area stores including King Soopers, Safeway, Costco, Natural Grocers, Sprouts, Sam’s Club, Target and Petco. Instacart employees shop for your items and deliver them to your home. Instacart charges a service fee and delivery charge unless you are an Express member, and you should tip your shopper/delivery driver.