Updated: Apr 1, 2020
If you are like me, you have been wondering how to get your groceries while practicing social distancing to guard against COVID-19. While scrambling to figure this out, I realized I was gathering *a lot* of information that my neighbours might find useful too. So, with that in mind, here is a list of what I found out. I hope you find it helpful.
Online, Door Pick-up, & Home Delivery Markets
Here is a list of food markets that you can order from online, pick up your groceries from the store door, and/or get home delivery.
Bailey’s Local Foods - (First United Church @ 16 William St. West, Waterloo) - Online farmer’s market that specializes in local and organic food. Plan to prepack all orders and hopefully, weather dependant, bring orders to you at the door. Order by Thursday, March 26th at 8:30 pm for pickup on Monday, March 30th. http://www.baileyslocalfoods.com/
Brady’s (465 Phillip Street, Waterloo) —> Meat and deli store. Sells lots of drug free, grass fed, organic and local food. Will bundle groceries and leave at door for you to pick up. If really needed, can also deliver to door. Pay via phone (Phone: 519 885-3390). https://bradysmeats.com
Full Circle Foods (3 Charles St. W., Kitchener) —> Sells organic, GF and speciality foods along with bulk orders, with an emphasis on reducing waste. Order on their website or by phone (519 744-5331) for pick-up in store or to the outside table when folks arrive. Order by 12:00 noon for pick-up at 5pm the same day. https://www.fullcirclefoods.ca
Legacy Greens (18 Ontario St. N. Kitchener) - Can sign up for a weekly produce box that you can quickly pick up at the store. (Phone: 519-741-5858). https://legacygreens.com
The Sustainable Market (275 Erb Street Eat, Waterloo) - Online farmer’s market that specializes in local and organic food. All orders will be prepacked during this time. They will meet you outside (around the back) and bring your order out to you. https://sustainablemarket.ca
ValuMart (Waterloo Town Square) - Grocery store offers packing service that you can have delivered straight to the trunk of your car for nominal fee ($3-$5 max). Just go to the ValuMart website and select "PC Express". https://valumart.ca/pcexpress
Vincenzo's (50 Caroline Street South, Waterloo) - Sells a wide range of quality food. Offering pickup options either instore or at curbside, or delivery via their courier service. Can call in order to (519) 741-1437, email them at firstname.lastname@example.org, or shop online at https://www.vincenzosonline.com.
Zero Waste Bulk (110 King St S, Unit B, Waterloo) —> Sells organic, gluten free and speciality foods with an emphasis on reducing waste. Can order products online and pick up in front of their store without any contact. (Phone: (519) 208-8090). https://www.zerowastebulk.com
Goodness Me - Can buy packaged food and food for the pantry online. https://goodnessme.ca/
Well.ca - Can buy packaged food and food for the pantry online.
Grocery Gateway - Online grocery store that delivers also to KW area. Try to sign up for Longo’s Thank you Rewards to gather points you can put towards your purchases. https://www.grocerygateway.com/
Instacart —> for Zehrs, Superstore, Valu-Mart, Shoppers, Wholesale Club, Staples, M&M, T&T. https://www.instacart.ca/
Other Markets Taking Measures...
Here are a few other food markets worth noting for the measures they are taking to protect public health.
Mini-Farmers Market Saturday —> This Saturday (March 20) from 10-1, two of Kitchener Market's favourites will have a mini-market at Cafe Pyrus's Outpost Location on the Spurline Trail (150 Roger Street, Waterloo). Both will be set up in our parking spaces from 10-1. Roger Street has plenty of parking and easy access via the Spurline Trail. They ask that people be mindful of your community and adhere to proper social distancing. There is plenty of space for everyone and we will have a portable hand washing area available.
Sobey’s —> Installing plexiglas barriers for cashiers. Changing hours to 8 am to 8 pm so can clean and restock.
Hope this helps you avoid the disease during this crisis. Take care and stay healthy!